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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 about (someone or something)

To discuss something with someone. We need to confer about the candidates we've interviewed so far—are you free this afternoon? Your mother and I need to confer about this issue before making a decision.
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confer on (someone or something) with (one)

To discuss or consult with one about someone or something . I need to confer on the candidates we've interviewed so far with you—are you free this afternoon? I need to confer on this issue with your supervisor before making a decision.
See also: confer, on

confer on (someone or something) with (someone)

To discuss something with someone. I need to confer on the candidates we've interviewed so far with you—are you free this afternoon? I need to confer on this issue with your mother before making a decision.
See also: confer, on

confer with (one)

To discuss or consult with one (about something). I need to confer with you on the candidates we've interviewed so far—are you free this afternoon? I wish you would confer with me before making such a big decision.
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confer with (one) about (someone or something)

To meet with one in order to discuss someone or something. I need to confer with you about the candidates we've interviewed so far—are you free this afternoon? I need to confer with your mother about this issue before making a decision.
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confer with (one) on (someone or something)

To discuss or consult with one about someone or something . I need to confer with you on the candidates we've interviewed so far—are you free this afternoon? I need to confer with your supervisor on this issue before making a decision.
See also: confer, on

confer with (someone)

To discuss something with someone. I need to confer with you on the candidates we've interviewed so far—are you free this afternoon? I need to confer with your mother on this issue before making a decision.
See also: confer
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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)
See also: confer
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They can instead maintain that it is enough that one qualified person confer arthood upon an item for the item to be a work of art.
The trouble is that when some members of the artworld decline to confer arthood upon some item, they thereby confer upon it non-arthood.
The trouble is that there will be some critical mass, some percentage of the artworld, which is required to confer non-arthood on a work.
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.
If we are willing to accept that a small segment of the artworld can establish the arthood of some object, we are equally committed to saying that a few members can confer non-arthood.
The trouble with saying that a large percentage of the artworld must confer arthood upon a work for it to be an artwork is that avant-garde works would not be artworks, at least not at first.
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.
Clark's team eventually created five hybrid viruses--each designed to confer immunity against a different strain of human rotavirus--and mixed them into an oral-vaccine cocktail that Merck calls RotaTeq.
Kapikian notes that since the attenuated vires is derived from just one strain, it might not confer immunity against all human rotaviruses.
The first integron carries the aadA2 gene, which confers resistance to streptomycin and spectinomycin, and a truncated sulI resistance gene.
Detection of multi-drug resistant Salmonella enterica serotype typhimurium DT104 based on a gene which confers cross-resistance to florfenicol and chloramphenicol.
However, enterobacteria of animal origin were resistant to apramycin by synthesis of a plasmid-mediated 3-N-aminoglycoside acetyltransferase type IV, which also confers resistance to gentamicin (4).
In classical cross-resistance, a single biochemical mechanism confers resistance to a single class of drugs: use of a given antibiotic can select resistance to other members of the group but not to drugs belonging to other classes.
In caterpillars of the diamondback moth, a pest of cabbages and related crops, a single recessive trait confers resistance to four Bt toxins.
It is all about things and the mystique they can confer on their owners, often a mystique conferred by the identity of the previous owner, as in the case of the aspirin tins, though the provenance of genuine heirlooms has, from the beginning, added to the willingness of a buyer to pay more.