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1  —as in:
confer with her coach
Definition have a conference in order to talk something over
  • The doctors conferred and then recommended a plan of action.
conferred = met to talk something over
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We conferred about a plan of action.
  • conferred = talked
  • Frederick Douglas was greatly respected and was conferred with by both President Lincoln and President Andrew Johnson.
  • The men conferred and voted.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • conferred = discussed the issue
  • He listened in silence, and finally promised to confer with the physician.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • confer = talk
  • We have some secrets to confer about.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • confer = talk
  • Emissaries were already dropping in to confer with him.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • confer = talk
  • Mr. Muckenfuss conferred with Miss Bivens, and she told me that as long as I kept clean, she'd fight for me.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • conferred = talked
  • So Van Helsing has gone to confer with Mrs. Harker and Harker, Quincey and Art are all out following up the clues as to the earth boxes.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • confer = talk
  • 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
confer = talk about something

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2  —as in:
confer an honorary degree
Definition to give — especially an honor or title
  • Harvard conferred an honorary degree upon Booker T. Washington.
conferred = gave
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The university conferred an honorary degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated.
  • conferred = gave
  • Congressional Space Medals of Honor were conferred posthumously to all fourteen crew members lost in the Space Shuttle disasters.
  • conferred = given
  • No life had been more peaceful and innocent than mine; few lives so rich with benefits conferred.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • conferred = given
  • His father had never conferred a favour or shewn a kindness more to his satisfaction.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • conferred = given
  • 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
  • conferred = given
  • He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighborhood.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • conferred = given
  • ...while Master Peter Cratchit plunged a fork into the saucepan of potatoes, and getting the corners of his monstrous shirt collar (Bob's private property, conferred upon his son and heir in honour of the day) into his mouth, rejoiced to find himself so gallantly attired, and yearned to show his linen in the fashionable Parks.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • conferred = given
  • cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passage near the pole to those countries, to reach which at present so many months are requisite; or by ascertaining the secret of the magnet, which, if at all possible, can only be effected by an undertaking such as mine.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • confer = give
  • 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
confers = gives (an honor)

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