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.]
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