conference

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 [ˈkɒnfrəns]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•fer•ence /ˈkɑnfərəns/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a meeting for consultation or discussion: a conference between a student and her adviser.
  2. Sportan association of athletic teams; league:the college football conferences.
Idioms
  1. in conference, [uncountable] having a meeting:Tell them I'm in conference now and can't be disturbed.

con•fer•en•tial /ˌkɑnfəˈrɛnʃəl/USA pronunciation  adj. See -fer-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•fer•ence  (konfər əns, -frəns),USA pronunciation n., v., -enced,  -enc•ing. 
n.  
  1. a meeting for consultation or discussion:a conference between a student and his adviser.
  2. the act of conferring or consulting together; consultation, esp. on an important or serious matter.
  3. Governmenta meeting, as of various committees, to settle disagreements between the two branches of the legislature.
  4. Sportan association of athletic teams;
    league:an intercollegiate conference.
  5. Religion[Eccles.]
    • an official assembly of clergy or of clergy and laity, customary in many Christian denominations.
    • Religiona group of churches whose representatives regularly meet in such an assembly.

v.i. 
  1. to hold or participate in a conference or series of conferences.
con•fer•en•tial  (kon′fə renshəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Medieval Latin conferentia. See confer, -ence
  • 1530–40
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged parley, colloquium. See  convention. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

conference /ˈkɒnfərəns -frəns/ n
  1. a meeting for consultation, exchange of information, or discussion, esp one with a formal agenda
  2. an assembly of the clergy or of clergy and laity of any of certain Protestant Christian Churches acting as representatives of their denomination
  3. a league or division of clubs or teams
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferre to bring together; see confer

conferential /ˌkɒnfəˈrɛnʃəl/ adj



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