What does the word confer mean?

Usage examples for confer

  1. Had she willed it, still had stood the screen so slight, so sure, 'twixt my love and her: I could fix her face with a guard between, and find her soul as when friends confer, friends- lovers that might have been. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  2. Did then thy little girl such joy confer That all the comfort thou didst find in her Could parallel thine anguish of today? – Laments by Jan Kochanowski
  3. Constance was aware that it was only formally that she had taken Alan Conrad down to confer with her father; since Henry was there, she knew her father would not act without his agreement, and that whatever disposition had been made regarding Alan had been made by him. – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer