[kon-fer-uh ns, -fruh ns] /ˈkɒn fər əns, -frəns/

a meeting for consultation or discussion:
a conference between a student and his adviser.
the act of conferring or consulting together; consultation, especially on an important or serious matter.
Government. a meeting, as of various committees, to settle disagreements between the two branches of the legislature.
an association of athletic teams; league:
an intercollegiate conference.

verb (used without object), conferenced, conferencing.
to hold or participate in a conference or series of conferences.
/ˈkɒnfərəns; -frəns/
a meeting for consultation, exchange of information, or discussion, esp one with a formal agenda
a formal meeting of two or more states, political groups, etc, esp to discuss differences or formulate common policy
an assembly of the clergy or of clergy and laity of any of certain Protestant Christian Churches acting as representatives of their denomination: the Methodist conference
(sport) a league or division of clubs or teams
(rare) an act of bestowal

1550s, “act of conferring,” from Middle French conférence (15c.), from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferens, present participle of conferre (see confer). Meaning “formal meeting for consultation” is from 1580s.


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