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Who do you imagine has it in contemplation to confer a distinction upon you, sir?'

Was she not worth as much honour as any man, be he who he might, could confer upon her?

To this day, in the Tyrol it is still believed to confer fine vision.

Cowed, Courthon shrugged and went apart to confer with his friend.

She'll meet me, however, at the masked ball to-night, where we can confer together.

Then why, if you had the means in the beginning to enforce your will upon us, confer with us at all?

So she used to confer with Elizabeth on the subject of her own marriage, and to ask her advice about it.

You have one boon to confer on me worth all that wealth and splendour could offer—your name.

He had only gone for a couple of days to confer with his land agent.

There is no doubt that he who can confer demesnes and diamonds has much in his favor.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, from Middle French conférer (14c.) "to give, converse, compare," from Latin conferre "to bring together," figuratively "to compare; consult, deliberate, talk over," from com- "together" (see com-) + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Sense of "taking counsel" led to conference. The meaning "compare" (common 1530-1650) is largely obsolete, but the abbreviation cf. still is used in this sense. Related: Conferred; conferring.

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