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conference 1

Syllabification: con·fer·ence
Pronunciation: /ˈkänf(ə)rəns/


1A formal meeting for discussion: he gathered all the men around the table for a conference
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  • He contributed to the education of many of the present day mathematicians in Turkey, not only by his lectures but also through illuminating discussions in conferences and seminars.
  • The seven-day fest will be enhanced by seminars, discussions and conferences.
  • The Fire Brigades Union discussed at its annual conference yesterday whether to hold a ballot which could lead to walkouts within a month.
1.1A formal meeting that typically takes place over a number of days and involves people with a shared interest, especially one held regularly by an association or organization: an international conference on the environment the third annual National Wilderness Conference
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  • Intended for international conferences, the convention centre will also have a business centre, a media console and an exclusive resource centre.
  • As well as an ideas sharing forum the conference is also a hub for marine research and conservation and includes experts who advise zoos and aquariums how to breed endangered species in captivity.
  • Let us go through an international conference to reach a convention in the United Nations.
1.2 [usually as modifier] A linking of several telephones or computers, so that each user may communicate with the others simultaneously: a conference call
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  • Other courses will use a telephone conference call for the audio portion of the course.
  • Nearly all providers offer free call waiting, call display, and conference call services.
  • Upon release of this decision the parties may arrange to address costs either in person or by telephone conference call, through the trial coordinator in Newmarket.
2An association of sports teams that play each other.
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  • I am tired of the strong stance that they want to take with football without helping the conference in other sports.
  • That leaves seven teams scrambling for the conference's four remaining spots in the playoffs, which start April 17.
  • If you weren't good enough to be one of the top six teams in your conference, you aren't deserving of going to the playoffs.
3The governing body of some Christian churches, especially the Methodist Church.
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  • The bishops made no mention of the US bishops' statement or the opposition to the war by other western episcopal conferences or Catholic church leaders.
  • I flew from here to Indianapolis to address a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • Among United Methodist conferences, Northern Illinois is contending for the lead in membership decline.


[no object] (usually as noun conferencing) Back to top  
Take part in a conference or conference call: video conferencing
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  • There is the usual blue-sky stuff, such as phone conferencing and video calls, which, in my view, are never going to appeal to the baffled masses among us, for two good reasons.
  • In later versions, it will offer voice portals, speech-controlled services, video streaming and conferencing.
  • I would write a post about our parochialism but I have to go to the airport to pick up my husband, returning from two weeks teaching and conferencing in Europe.


in conference
In a meeting; engaged in discussions.
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  • The health and labor spending bill is currently in conference, where a minimal increase of $25 million to $38 million is under debate.
  • You know, the bishops, as you pointed out, met in conference in 2002 and again in 2003, to talk about how to cope with this escalating crisis in the church.
  • We've seen these kind of games played before in conference, where conferees drop provisions which they should not drop when they're both in the House and the Senate bills.


Early 16th century (in the general sense 'conversation, talk'): from French conférence or medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferre 'bring together' (see confer).

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Conference 2 Line breaks: Con|fer|ence
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnf(ə)r(ə)ns/

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A dessert pear of a firm-fleshed variety.
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  • Instead, opt for a locally grown Cox, Discovery or Bramley apple - or a Conference or Williams pear.
  • I just had an early lunch and halfway through eating a conference pear, I discovered a half-moon shaped hole!
  • But I'd also go for some Brie or Camembert (taken out of the fridge for a half hour) and some sliced conference pear.
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