See also: Conference and conférence

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A legal conference taking place at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

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From Middle French conférence, from Medieval Latin cōnferentia, from Latin cōnferēns.

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conference (plural conferences)

  1. The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views.
    • 1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      Nor with such free and friendly conference / As he hath used of old.
    • 1850, T. S. Arthur, “Seed Time and Harvest”, in Sketches of Life and Character[1], Philadelphia: J. W. Bradley, →OCLC, page 129:
      Mr. Wiley, a lawyer of some ability, was sitting in his office one day, when an elderly gentleman came in and asked to have a few words of conference with him.
  2. (politics) A multilateral diplomatic negotiation.
  3. (sciences) A formal event where scientists present their research results in speeches, workshops, posters or by other means.
  4. (business) An event organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization to discuss a pressing issue, such as a new product, market trend or government regulation, with a range of speakers.
  5. (sports) A group of sports teams that play each other on a regular basis.
  6. (Philippines, sports) A constituent tournament of a sports league in a given season.
  7. (obsolete) The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison.
    • 1594–1597, Richard Hooker, edited by J[ohn] S[penser], Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, [], London: [] Will[iam] Stansby [for Matthew Lownes], published 1611, →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      helps and furtherances which [] the mutual conference of all men's collections and observations may afford
  8. (Methodist Church) A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters.
  9. A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are.

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Verb edit

conference (third-person singular simple present conferences, present participle conferencing, simple past and past participle conferenced)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, education) To assess (a student) by one-on-one conversation, rather than an examination.
    • 2009, Jennifer Berne, The Writing-Rich High School Classroom:
      The students who were conferenced on paper 1 will get a written response to paper 2, and those who received a written response to paper 1 will be conferenced on paper 2.