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
b : preserve

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 confecten "to prepare by combining ingredients, blend, spice or sweeten," borrowed from Medieval Latin confectus, past participle of conficere "to bring together, compose, compound (a drug or medication)," going back to Latin, "to carry out, perform, make, bring about, collect, bring to completion," from con- con- + facere "to make, bring about, perform, do" — more at fact

Note: The meanings of Medieval Latin conficere depend to a degree on its vernacular equivalent in Gallo-Romance; see note at comfit.

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