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CONFER (conferred, conferring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confer mean? 

CONFER (verb)
  The verb CONFER has 2 senses:

1. have a conference in order to talk something over
2. present

  Familiarity information: CONFER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFER (verb)


Sense 1confer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a conference in order to talk something over

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

confer; confab; confabulate; consult

Context example:

We conferred about a plan of action

Hypernyms (to "confer" is one way to...):

discuss; hash out; talk over (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confer"):

collogue (confer secretly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot confer Sue
Sam wants to confer with Sue


Sense 2confer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Present

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

bestow; confer

Context examples:

The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated / bestow an honor on someone

Hypernyms (to "confer" is one way to...):

award; present (give, especially as an honor or reward)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confer"):

miter (confer a miter on (a bishop))

bless (confer prosperity or happiness on)

graduate (confer an academic degree upon)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something on somebody


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