confer (up)on (someone or something)

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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 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 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
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But these freaks of his guest were not much to the liking of the landlord, so he determined to cut matters short and confer upon him at once the unlucky order of knighthood before any further misadventure could occur; so, going up to him, he apologised for the rudeness which, without his knowledge, had been offered to him by these low people, who, however, had been well punished for their audacity.
On girding him with the sword the worthy lady said to him, "May God make your worship a very fortunate knight, and grant you success in battle." Don Quixote asked her name in order that he might from that time forward know to whom he was beholden for the favour he had received, as he meant to confer upon her some portion of the honour he acquired by the might of his arm.
I am thinking that it is here upon this doorstep that we must confer upon this business; and it shall be here or nowhere at all whatever; for I would have you to understand that I am as stiffnecked as yoursel', and a gentleman of better family."
Balfour, they asked me to give ye a bit call and confer upon the matter.
I will confer upon you the head of a fox, so that you may hereafter look as bright as you really are."
Prithee, friend, do not keep your knowledge to yourself; we are a large party; and any benefit which you confer upon us will be amply rewarded.
"The father of the nation of India and Bangladesh were brutally killed just after achieving independence," he told the special convocation staged to confer upon him the degree adding that identically Pakistan saw the killing of Bhutto, Burma saw Aung San's and Sri Lanka witnessed the murder of Ranasinghe Premadasa.
What title did Oliver Cromwell confer upon himself in 1653?
At a time when more than 600 people are being thrown out of work, the University of Glamorgan has seen fit to confer upon him an honorary degree for his work in industry.
According to the court, the statute that provides deduction of 25% of the wages earned by the prison inmate, to be turned over to the inmate upon his release, did not confer upon the inmate full rights of possession, control and disposition of funds sufficient to support a [section] 1983 action.
The tales of woe told by the guests confer upon them the right to be recognized as individuals and endow moral power on the beleaguered storytellers.
This makes possible the construction of plasmids to confer upon microbial fermentation hosts the ability to synthesize adenosylcobalamin, the supply of which can sometimes be a limitation on microbial growth in fermentation.
A particularly gifted incumbent or one who truly befits the times can redefine an office and confer upon it a kind of spiritual or moral leadership that transcends both personal and political limitations.
There is nothing, in short, that should ever keep you from giving our nation's artists the same respect that you confer upon athletes, astronauts and the purveyors of soft money.
In the Latin Church, it is ordinarily understood that the spouses, as ministers of Christ's grace, mutually confer upon each other the sacrament of Matrimony by expressing their consent before the church.