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Definition of confer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confer
    he / she / it confers
    past simple conferred
    -ing form conferring
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  1. 1[intransitive] confer (with somebody) (on/about something) to discuss something with someone, in order to exchange opinions or get advice He wanted to confer with his colleagues before reaching a decision.
  2. 2[transitive] confer something (on/upon somebody) to give someone an award, a degree, or a particular honor or right An honorary degree was conferred on him by Stanford University in 2009.
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