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noun [countable] conference pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnf(ə)rəns/ 
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  1. 1
    a large meeting, often lasting a few days, where people who are interested in a particular subject come together to discuss ideas

    the annual conference of the Police Federation

    conference on:

    an international conference on the control of illegal drugs

    attend a conference:

    Many Americans are attending the conference.

    party/peace/sales conference:

    the 1991 Middle East peace conference in Madrid

    1. a.
      a meeting where a small number of people have formal discussions, either in person or remotely using electronic technology

      The President arrived for a conference with local officials.

      in conference:

      I'm afraid you can't see him now: he's in conference.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] used for conferences

      a conference table/hall/room/center

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