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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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conferring the status of art upon certain artifacts.
He says that if good reasons are necessary for conferring the status of arthood or candidacy for appreciation, then conferring drops out as a necessary condition of art or candidacy for appreciation.
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High genetic homology between plasmids of human and animal origins conferring resistance to the aminoglycosides gentamicin and apramycin.
If someone has the power to confer arthood upon a work, the act of not conferring this status is the act of conferring non-arthood.
National leads the state in conferring master's degrees in all disciplines combined to Hispanics and African Americans.
National University also ranked first in the nation in conferring master's degrees in education to Hispanics, preparing 276 graduates in that category.
By specific degree, National University ranked first in California in conferring master's degrees in education to African Americans.
The company recently won a $2 million Advanced Technology Program grant to build an ultra-high throughput mutational spectrometer (UTMS) to scan all genes for mutations conferring risk for disease.
OSA conducts research under its Crossroads brand that includes the publication of the Crossroads Decisions, conferring of the Crossroads A-List Awards, and production of the Crossroads Conference.
During the same time period, National University ranked third in California granting master's degrees in computer science to African Americans, and it lead the state by conferring master's degrees in education to 99 African Americans.
Control shares do not have voting rights unless the issuer's shareholders approve a resolution conferring voting rights.
The conferring of a Crossroads A-List Award signals to enterprise buyers which new products and services should be at the top of their purchasing list.
In announcing the appointment, Apomyx Chairman and President John Carman said, "Kent Schulze provides the needed commercial seed industry experience and leadership necessary for us to succeed in our goal of conferring perpetual hybridity to crops, equitably and profitably, worldwide.
In the period until the next Annual General Meeting is held, the AGM resolved to authorize the Board to issue shares, convertible debentures and/or promissory notes with detachable warrants on one or several occasions, conferring the right to subscribe for new shares, so that the company's share capital may increase by a total maximum of SEK 1,500,000.