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confer (up)on (someone or something)

1. To discuss something with someone. We need to meet this afternoon and confer on the candidates we've interviewed so far. Your mother and I need to confer on this issue before we make a decision.
2. To bestow something, often a title or honor, on someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "confer" and "on," and "upon" can be used in place of "on." The queen will confer an official title upon him at the ceremony tonight.
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confer on someone or something (with someone)

 and confer (on someone or something) with someone; confer with someone (about someone or something); confer (with someone) about someone or something
to discuss someone or something. Let us confer on this matter with the headmaster. I want to confer with you on how to handle the problem. I need to confer with you about Walter.
See also: confer, on

confer something (up)on someone

to grant something, such as an academic degree, to someone, usually in a ceremony. (Upon is more formal than on.) The university conferred an honorary degree upon her. They conferred degrees on 300 graduates this year.
See also: confer, on

confer with someone

(about someone or something) Go to confer on someone or something (with someone)
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During the 30-minute webinar, Confer will explore the costs of maintaining traditional signature-based products.
The Clothing X-Change still has ample clothing on its shelves, but volunteers will gladly accept donations of used clothing in good condition to make up for the loss, Confer said.
He said the IPCC had provided further opportunity to confer by organising meetings attended by groups of officers to put the questions to them.
Last year, the NMDP network assisted in 2,000 transplants, with about 100 using cord blood, Confer said.
Since 2014, Confer has achieved a 1,300 percent growth in sales and a 2,400 percent growth in revenue, with production deployments across a wide number of verticals, including technology, retail, finance, pharmaceuticals, energy and communications.
Surviving are her children: Michael (Diana) Confer of Grafton, MA, Dawn (Roger) Mongeon of Mexico, NY, John (Diana) Confer of Sutton, MA, Gregory Confer of Akwesasne, NY, Sharilyn (Eugene) Poston of Indian Orchard, MA, Calvin (Virginia) Confer of New Berlin, NY, Gabriel Saez of Worcester, MA, Lisette (Jeffrey) Bain of Worcester, MA, Nico (Thomas) Warren of Onieda, NY, Reno (Frank) Oster of Onieda, NY, and Chris (Mitzi) Confer of Fairfield, FL; 49 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Betty Pallas of Orlando, FL and Lenora Jones of Nedrow, NY.
1361-1(1)(1), a corporation has more than a single class of stock (SCOS) if all outstanding shares do not confer identical distribution and liquidation rights.
Moreover, six variant Salmonella genomic island 1 antibiotic resistance gene clusters (Salmonella genomic island 1-A to -F) have recently been reported for serovars Typhimurium DT104, Agona, and Albany to confer different multidrug resistance phenotypes (9,10).
The researchers speculated that polymorphisms of two genes--ALAD (which codes for [delta]-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase, an enzyme involved in heme synthesis in red blood cells) and VDR (which codes for the vitamin D receptor)--might confer increased susceptibility to ALS through their previously confirmed impact on lead retention or mobilization in bone and blood.
A Midland MP today called for radical constitutional reforms which strip the Government of the right to send troops to war or confer honours without the backing of Parliament.
The existence of a badge doesn't confer any public status on you,'' Werksman said.
So much so that it has gone Out of its way to confer legitimacy on "gay marriage" by stealth.
eMag PreVu, a raw data preview software application, provides a structured view into otherwise unstructured data, allowing users to better understand the scope of case information prior and subsequent to Meet & Confer sessions.
Open Source CRITs Platform and the Confer Threat Exchange enable companies to seamlessly share information on cyber attacks
Clark's team eventually created five hybrid viruses--each designed to confer immunity against a different strain of human rotavirus--and mixed them into an oral-vaccine cocktail that Merck calls RotaTeq.
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