confer-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: bestow

He conferred the rank of general on 52 commanders.
The university can confer the degree of Bachelor of Science.
She could confer happiness or unhappiness with just a look.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: confer.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: consult, meet with

We should have conferred about it in advance.
He conferred with several specialists.
She conferred with Murphy on the plans for the building.

VerbNet: chit_chat-37.6
FrameNet: Discussion
PropBank: confer.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
confer_with 1