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verb confer pronunciation in American English /kənˈfɜr/
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present tense
present participleconferring
past tenseconferred
past participleconferred
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to discuss something with other people in order to reach a decision
    confer with: He asked for some time to confer with his lawyers.
  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to give something such as authority, a legal right, or an honor to someone
    The university conferred an honorary doctorate on her.
    A share confers certain rights on the person who holds it.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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