confer

If you gab, chat, and talk it up with someone, you have conversation, but if you're looking for input from each other as you talk, you confer, or consult, together. They had a family meeting to confer about a schedule for sharing the new laptop.

Many uses of the verb confer involve consulting with another person or as a group. Confer has a second use meaning "bestow," which means to award or hand over something. You can confer a medal on a winner or hero, or you can confer status through a promotion or assignment. Each year the teacher would confer the special honor of summer hamster-sitter on one responsible student.

Primary Meanings of confer

1.
v
present
2.
v
have a conference in order to talk something over
Full Definitions of confer
1

v present

“The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated”
Synonyms:
bestow
Types:
miter
confer a miter on (a bishop)
bless
confer prosperity or happiness on
graduate
confer an academic degree upon
Type of:
award, present
give, especially as an honor or reward
2

v have a conference in order to talk something over

“We conferred about a plan of action”
Synonyms:
confab, confabulate, consult
Types:
collogue
confer secretly
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

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