To grant as a gift
bestow, give, award, present; see give 1.
To hold a conference
converse, deliberate, parley; see consult, discuss, talk 1. See syn. study at give.
Another word for confer
To meet and exchange views to reach a decision: advise, consult, deliberate, parley, talk. (Informal) powwow. See collect, meet, words
To give formally or officially: accord, award, bestow, grant, present2. See give