con·​fect | \ kən-ˈfekt How to pronounce confect (audio) \
confected; confecting; confects

Definition of confect

transitive verb

1 : to put together from varied material
2a : prepare

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Other Words from confect

confect \ ˈkän-​ˌfekt How to pronounce confect (audio) \ noun

Examples of confect in a Sentence

a cook who can confect a magnificent dinner from whatever ingredients are in the cupboards
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First Known Use of confect

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confect

Middle English, from Latin confectus, past participle of conficere to prepare — more at comfit

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“Confect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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