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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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The view that a small segment of the artworld can confer either arthood or non-arthood, and override a large segment of the artworld, cannot avoid the reductio.
Teamwork also is critical in the bonus question round that follows because members can confer on answers.
Whether all outstanding shares confer identical distribution and liquidation rights depends on the "governing provisions," which include the corporate charter, articles of incorporation, bylaws, applicable state law and "binding agreements" that relate to distribution and liquidation proceeds.
The goalkeeper charged out, and Confer chipped an 18-yard shot into the open net.
So, I am also very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar membership of the "Order of Australia".
The church does not issue any academic credit, nor does it attempt to confer any academic degrees.
Although African-Americans, for example, virtually never have the mutated gene, they may have other genes that confer resistance to AIDS.
We believe the transactions described must be viewed as jeopardizing a hospital's tax-exempt status for three reasons: they allow inurement of part of a charitable organization's net earnings to the benefit of private individuals; they confer more than incidental benefits on private interests; and they may well violate federal law.
The genes that allow bacteria to fight off mercury's toxic effects lie on the same stretch of DNA as the genes that confer resistance to antibiotics, Summers notes.
ISLAMABAD -- Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced to confer Best University Teacher Awards 2011 on August 21st, 2013 upon 63 university faculty members.
Researchers have suspected since the mid-1970s that some vegetables confer resistance to cancer, especially the cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage.
ISLAMABAD, August 30, 2011 (Balochistan Times): King of Malaysia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin will confer an honorary doctorate degree on Pakistans famous scientist professor doctor Atta-ur-Rahman in October this year in Malaysia.
Under the provision of grant of honorary rank by the Armed Forces to eminent personalities acknowledging their contribution towards the nation, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil is pleased to confer Sachin with the honorary rank of Group Captain," said an IAF statement.
Confer suggests looking for impaired LAK and NK cells in blood from HSV patients who harbor the virus in the cells lining their vessel walls.
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