conference

noun
con·​fer·​ence | \ ˈkän-f(ə-)rən(t)s, -fərn(t)s, for sense 2 usually kən-ˈfər-ən(t)s\

Definition of conference

1a : a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern The president is in conference with his advisers.
b : a usually formal interchange of views : consultation a conference on climate change
c : a meeting of members of the two branches of a legislature to adjust differences
d : caucus
2 or less commonly conferrence \ kən-​ˈfər-​ən(t)s \ : bestowal, conferment the conference of academic degrees
3a : a representative assembly or administrative organization of a religious denomination
b : a territorial division of a religious denomination
4 : an association of athletic teams a football conference

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Other Words from conference

conferential \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈren(t)-​shəl \ adjective

Examples of conference in a Sentence

The organization held its annual conference in New York this year. national conferences on women's health a conference of foreign ministers Our boss called a conference to discuss the new changes. He spent an hour in conference with the president. the champions of the American Football Conference
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Even with a launch thousands of miles away, however, the Galaxy S10 will surely loom large over the annual conference. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question: Will it fold?," 10 Jan. 2019 After three rounds of appeals, the insurance company agreed to pay for Sawyer’s treatments, though Dr. Carrasco still has to do peer-to-peer conferences to get each treatment covered. Erin Quinn-kong, Good Housekeeping, "Their Son Tested Positive for Strep Throat. Then Came the Severe OCD, Anxiety, and Hallucinations.," 2 Jan. 2019 Opened in 1956, the 60-acre property is half conference center, half country retreat. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 MiCO—Milan’s ultra-modern conference center—was a fitting venue for tonight’s Missoni show, which celebrated its 65th Anniversary by looking towards the future. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The New Way to Wear Pastel Eye Makeup, According to the Missoni Runway," 22 Sep. 2018 Mourners have thronged to the conference center in Accra, where his coffin has been since his body arrived Monday, and where the funeral was held. Francis Kokutse, Fox News, "Leaders laud ex-UN chief Kofi Annan at Ghana state funeral," 13 Sep. 2018 Before the age of digital, Torres notes that consumer studies often involved people traveling to hotels, conference centers, or labs to look at, test, and report on products. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 Not only is browsing data important — Facebook uses it to target people with advertising — but CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Clear History himself during Facebook’s annual developer conference. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago," 17 Dec. 2018 Gallippi, of BitGive, immediately noticed that cryptocurrency conferences had almost exclusively all-male speaker lineups. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of conference

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conference

see confer

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conference

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conference

: a formal meeting in which many people gather in order to talk about ideas or problems related to a particular topic (such as medicine or business) usually for several days

: a formal meeting in which a small number of people talk about something

: a group of sports teams that play against each other and that are part of a larger league of teams

conference

noun
con·​fer·​ence | \ ˈkän-fə-rəns, -frəns\

Kids Definition of conference

: a meeting for discussion or exchange of opinions

conference

noun
con·​fer·​ence | \ ˈkän-frəns, -fə-rəns \

Legal Definition of conference

1 : a meeting for consultation, deliberation, discussion, or interchange of opinions a conference on environmental law — see also judicial conference, pretrial conference
2 : a meeting of members of the two branches of a legislature especially to adjust differences in the provisions of a bill passed in different forms by the two branches also : conference committee
3 : caucus

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