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Definition of confer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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confer

verb
/kənˈfər/ confer pronunciation American
conferring, conferred
 
(formal)1 [intransitive] confer (with someone) (on/about something) to discuss something with someone, in order to exchange opinions or get adviceHe wanted to confer with his colleagues before reaching a decision.2 [transitive] confer something (on/upon someone) to give someone an award, a degree, or a particular honor or rightAn honorary degree was conferred on him by Stanford University in 2009.