Con*fer" (?), v.t. [imp. & p. p. Conferred (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Conferring.] [L. conferre to bring together, contribute, consult; con- + ferre to bear: cf. F. conf'erer. See 1st Bear.]

1.

To bring together for comparison; to compare.

[Obs.]

If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion. Boyle.

2.

To grant as a possession; to bestow.

The public marks of honor and reward Conferred upon me. Milton.

3.

To contribute; to conduce.

[Obs.]

The closeness and compactness of the parts resting together doth much confer to the strength of the union. Glanvill.

 

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Con*fer", v. i.

To have discourse; to consult; to compare views; to deliberate.

Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered. Acts xxv. 12.

You shall hear us confer of this. Shak.

Syn. -- To counsel; advise; discourse; converse.

 

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