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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Confer \Con*fer"\ (k[o^]n*f[~e]r"), 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['e]rer. See 1st Bear.] 1. To bring together for comparison; to compare. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion. --Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. To grant as a possession; to bestow. [1913 Webster] The public marks of honor and reward Conferred upon me. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To contribute; to conduce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The closeness and compactness of the parts resting together doth much confer to the strength of the union. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]