Con·fer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Conferred p. pr. & vb. n. Conferring.]
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.
adv : compare (used in texts to point the reader to another
location in the text) [syn: cf., cf, see, see
v 1: have a conference in order to talk something over; "We
conferred about a plan of action" [syn: confabulate, confab,
2: present; "The university conferred a degree on its most
famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an
honor on someone" [syn: bestow]
[also: conferring, conferred]