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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.
See also: confer

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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References in classic literature ?
In the rearing of skyscrapers, it is now usual to have a temporary wire strung vertically, so that the architect may stand on the ground and confer with a foreman who sits astride of a naked girder three hundred feet up in the air.
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 knew two, that were competitors for the secretary's place in Queen Elizabeth's time, and yet kept good quarter between themselves; and would confer, one with another, upon the business; and the one of them said, That to be a secretary, in the declination of a monarchy, was a ticklish thing, and that he did not affect it: the other straight caught up those words, and discoursed with divers of his friends, that he had no reason to desire to be secretary, in the declination of a monarchy.
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.
But does he therefore confer no benefit when he works for nothing?
He appeals to the world-famed hospitality of Athens and hints at the blessings that his coming will confer on the State.
Offers, confers or agrees to confer any benefit and the receipt of the benefit is prohibited by this section;
In very limited circumstances, the project for which the condemnation is being undertaken confers a special benefit on the remainder.
The President every year confers civil awards on Pakistani citizens in recognition of gallantry, or distinction in academics, sports etc.
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:
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).
The first integron carries the aadA2 gene, which confers resistance to streptomycin and spectinomycin, and a truncated sulI resistance gene.
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.
Giving birth confers on women some protection against ovarian cancer.