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confer -- as in: confer an honorary degree
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as in: confer an honorary degree Define
to give -- especially an honor or title
  • The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated
  • Now he who confers a favor is the firmer friend, because he would rather by kindness keep alive the memory of an obligation; but the recipient is colder in his feelings, because he knows that in requiting another’s generosity he will not be winning gratitude but only paying a debt.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • It is Harvard which, first among New England colleges, confers an honorary degree upon a black man.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • In doing good, again, we are unlike others; we make our friends by conferring, not by receiving favors.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration

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  • You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
    Lydia M. Child
  • Nothing is more pleasing and engaging than the sense of having conferred benefits. Not even the gratification of receiving them.
    Ellis Peters
  • Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.
    Charles Caleb Colton
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as in: confer with her coach Define
have a conference in order to talk something over
as in: confer an honorary degree Define
to give -- especially an honor or title
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