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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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Although African-Americans, for example, virtually never have the mutated gene, they may have other genes that confer resistance to AIDS.
So when our controversial work is presented to Peggy and she declines to recognize it as an artwork, she ipso facto confers non-arthood upon it.
It was found that the animal thus immunized could then be used as a source of antitoxin that could confer at least temporary immunity on still another animal, or in a human being.
EpiVax, Inc, a leader in genome-derived vaccines, announced today that it has developed a promising tularemia vaccine candidate (TuliVax(TM)) that confers protective immunity.
Infection typically confers lifelong immunity, so the disease almost always appears in young children rather than in adults.
This antibiotic-resistance gene cluster, which confers multidrug resistance, has been previously identified in S.
Shryock states that use of the growth promoter avilamycin, which confers cross-resistance to other members of the everninomycin class of drugs, was in compliance with the Swann principles.
In caterpillars of the diamondback moth, a pest of cabbages and related crops, a single recessive trait confers resistance to four Bt toxins.
Each Series I and Series II Note confers the right to subscribe for two Series J Shares:
Through its board multidisciplinary Liberal Arts programs, the College confers degrees in 32 majors leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees.
OSA reports the Crossroads Decisions, confers the Crossroads A-List Awards and produces the Crossroads Conferences.
has international pioneer patents (variously allowed and pending) for its ApoSync(TM) technology, which confers, stabilizes and controls apomixis (natural cloning of hybrid plants through their own seed).
Telomerase, therefore, not only confers replicative immortality to skin fibroblasts, but also prevents or reverses the loss of biological function associated with aging cells.
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