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verb confer pronunciation in British English /kənˈfɜː(r)/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyconfer
he/she/itconfers
present participleconferring
past tenseconferred
past participleconferred
  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to give something such as authority, a legal right, or an honour to someone

    The university conferred an honorary doctorate on her.

    A share confers certain rights on the person who holds it.

  2. 2
    [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.

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