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as in: confer with her coach Define
have a conference in order to talk something over
  • We conferred about a plan of action.
  • We have some secrets to confer about.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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  • The FOREMAN confers briefly with him.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Makes me the better to confer with thee.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Two Gentlemen of Verona
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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

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  • 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
  • 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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  • I propose we confer with a matchmaker.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Dart held out his hand to take it back, but the young man turned away and went to confer with his older colleague.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar

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  • In so far as it had actually come into being, it had come as a boon conferred from above.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The guards conferred, went inside, and came out with someone who looked more important than they.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • On day six, when a plane flew by, the remaining men had to confer to be sure that it was real.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Maryse had left her and Luke here in this entry chamber the moment they had arrived, preferring to go and confer with the Silent Brothers herself.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Leo stood at the helm, conferring with Festus through the intercom; he knew from experience to give Jason and Piper some space.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • He was called to confer at headquarters, and later, like Nathanael Greene, invited to dine with the general and his guests on several occasions.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He commands the federal troops, provides for forts and garrisons, confers military ranks, and he is admiral-general.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Hazel and his friends conferred.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down

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  • Hastily, Root and Burnham conferred and chose five Chicago firms to join the effort, among them Adler & Sullivan.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • While the Good Masters of Astapor conferred among themselves in low voices, Dany sipped tart persimmon wine from a tall silver flute.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • I know about the status conferred by wounds.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The one that confers the protection that Jace lost when he came back from the dead, the one that allowed Lilith to get to him?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Henry and Todd conferred, then suggested they gather around the piano.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • While the judges went through the charade of conferring, a film was shown.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Again the noise, this time close to the door, and it occurred to me that it was probably the boys coming to confer with me.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • At the front of the car Mrs. Scatcherd stands up, bends down to confer with Mr. Curran, and stands up again.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Deep voices in the room conferred, then the door was unlocked and opened.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • After a time, we reached a crossroads, where we stopped a moment while the bald man and the leader conferred in low tones.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The animals decided unanimously to create a military decoration, ’Animal Hero, First Class,’ which was conferred there and then on Snowball and Boxer.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighborhood.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Miss Caroline and I had conferred twice already, and they were looking at me in the innocent assurance that familiarity breeds understanding.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Had they conferred together?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The emperor also confers on him some public mark of his favour, and proclamation is made of his innocence through the whole city.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Minister of War came up and congratulated him on the Maria Theresa Order of the third grade, which the Emperor was conferring on him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He asked me, first of all, whether I conferred a charm and a distinction on London by residing in it?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I shall confer estates on both—which is not being troublesome, I trust?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It made any Jew at the Battle School dream of being Strategos, and conferred prestige on him from the start.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I had a doctor’s degree conferred on me—but that I told you yesterday.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • He liked the ease and glitter of the life, and the lustre conferred on him by being a member of this group of rich and conspicuous people.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Bryant called back a day later after conferring with Outside’s publisher.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This artful allusion to benefits conferred brought Tupman to his feet, looking as if he had quite made up his mind.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He was called the smartest and most trusty fellow, who had this honor conferred upon him the most frequently.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • See, for this crown the State conferred on me.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • He ran away and spoke to one of a group of three men who were conferring together.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Delaverderie was conferring with Trogoff.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That is what confers on Folard the right to contradict Polybius.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The two men conferred rapidly, their eyes scanning the Bahnhofstrasse.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He spoke in the tone of a man conferring a great favor.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He had never been known before to confer such an honour on Russell Square.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • We conferred, agreed that it would be well not to be seen soon, and left severally, myself by a pressure door above the stage leading up to level six.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • His response was a lame editorial ’we,’ meaning that the illustrious general was conferring with himself.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He slipped a couple of times and said things like ’We’ll have to think about this,’ and ’We’ll have to confer.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Iggy’s and Nudge’s agents were conferring, whispering behind some papers, and Iggy and Nudge lounged in their chairs.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • Dean gathered up his files, nodded at me, then went to confer with another agent.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • After a bit of whispered conferring, which consisted of Lissa saying we couldn’t and me and Chloe overruling her, we went.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The two guys had stopped at the door and seemed to be conferring with each other.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • After conferring around the discovering policeman, Detective Fenerman broke their dark huddle and approached her.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Along the length of the speaking tube I heard tinny murmurings from the control car as the captain conferred with the bridge officers.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
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