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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
By 1773, Harrison was 80, in failing health, and still not the recipient of the award, which the Board of Longitude steadfastly refused to confer upon him, in order to justify its previous resistance to timekeeping over astronomy.