confer

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confer is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
confer

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /kən'fɜ:/

Verb[change]

Plain form
confer

Third-person singular
confers

Past tense
conferred

Past participle
conferred

Present participle
conferring

  1. (intransitive) If two or more people confer, they find out each other's opinion.
    The referees conferred before awarding the goal to Chelsea.
    We'd like a few days to confer with out coworkers before deciding.
  2. (transitive) If something is conferred on somebody, it is given to them, often officially.
    That contract confers power on the directors of the company to manage the company.
    The Red Cross Flag confers some amount of protection on those in care of the organisation.
    The University will be conferring the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on Professor Gregory next February.

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