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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confer, confabulate, confab, consultverb

    have a conference in order to talk something over

    "We conferred about a plan of action"

  2. confer, bestowverb


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


  1. conferverb

    To compare.

  2. conferverb

    To talk together, to consult, discuss; to deliberate.

  3. conferverb

    To bring together; to collect, gather.

  4. conferverb

    To grant as a possession; to bestow.

  5. conferverb

    To contribute (to); to conduce.

  6. Etymology: From confero.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Conferverb

    The words in the 8th verse, conferred with the same words in the 20th, make it manifest. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion. Boyle.

    Pliny conferring his authors, and comparing their works together, found those that went before transcribed by those that followed. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c 6.

    Rest to the limbs, and quiet I confer
    On troubled minds. Edmund Waller.

    The conferring this honour upon him would increase the credit he had. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Coronation to a king, confers no royal authority upon him. South.

    There is not the least intimation in scripture of this privilege conferred upon the Roman church. John Tillotson.

    Thou conferrest the benefits, and he receives them; the first produces love, and the last ingratitude. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

    The closeness and compactness of the parts resting together, doth much confer to the strength of the union. Joseph Glanvill.

  2. To CONFERverb

    To discourse with another upon a stated subject; to ventilate any question by oral discussion; to converse solemnly; to talk gravely together; to compare sentiments.

    Etymology: confero, Lat. conferer, French.

    You will hear us confer of this, and by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man; and therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not. Francis Bacon.

    When they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves. Acts, iv. 15.

    He was thought to confer with the lord Colepeper upon the subject; but had some particular thoughts, upon which he then conferred with nobody. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    The Christian princess in her tent confers
    With fifty of your learn’d philosophers;
    Whom with such eloquence she does persuade,
    That they are captives to her reasons made. John Dryden, Tyr. Love.


  1. confer

    The abbreviation cf. (short for the Latin: confer/conferatur, both meaning "compare") is used in writing to refer the reader to other material to make a comparison with the topic being discussed. Style guides recommend that cf. be used only to suggest a comparison, and the word "see" be used to point to a source of information.


  1. confer

    Confer typically refers to giving, granting or bestowing something, such as a title, diploma, honor or benefit, upon someone through formal or informal communication and discussion. It involves deliberation, consultation or discussion among individuals or relevant authorities to reach a decision or agreement before conferring a particular item, recognition or privilege. It can also refer to the act of holding a conference or meeting for the purpose of exchanging ideas, knowledge or opinions on a specific topic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conferverb

    to bring together for comparison; to compare

  2. Conferverb

    to grant as a possession; to bestow

  3. Conferverb

    to contribute; to conduce

  4. Conferverb

    to have discourse; to consult; to compare views; to deliberate

  5. Etymology: [L. conferre to bring together, contribute, consult; con- + ferre to bear: cf. F. confrer. See 1st Bear.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confer

    kon-fėr′, v.t. to give or bestow: to compare (notes), collate—abbrev. cf.v.i. to talk or consult together:—pr.p. confer′ring; pa.p. conferred′.—ns. Conferee′, one conferred with; Con′ference, the act of conferring: an appointed meeting for instruction or discussion.—adjs. Conferen′tial; Confer′rable.—n. Confer′rer, one who confers. [Fr.,—L. conferrecon, together, ferre, to bring.]


  1. Confer

    Confer streamlines the communication process with Enterprise 2.0 conventions like micro-blogging, social networking, tagging, and instant secure chat.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Confer is ranked #8951 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Confer surname appeared 3,657 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Confer.

    93.3% or 3,413 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 73 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 69 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 53 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confer' in Verbs Frequency: #955

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of confer in a Sentence

  1. Johnson:

    The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed everything generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it is the shades of privacy.

  2. Peter Hotez:

    The good news is,( the vaccine) is producing neutralizing antibodies, which scientists think is important for protective immunity against Covid-19, what is less certain is whether the levels of neutralizing antibody are high enough to confer complete protection, or whether this will be partially protective.

  3. Sallust, The War with Catiline:

    The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.

  4. Jennifer Gommerman:

    Whether they'll be able to confer complete sterilizing immunity, that's a very tall order, but we should be now working on ways to slow down person-to-person transmission, because this virus continues to mutate and then fools our immune system and gets past that mucosal layer.Get CNN Healths weekly newsletter Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.

  5. William Ellery Channing:

    The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.

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