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Definition of conference noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a large official meeting, usually lasting for a few days, at which people with the same work or interests come together to discuss their views The hotel is used for exhibitions, conferences and social events. a conference room/center She is attending a three-day conference on AIDS education. The conference will be held in Orlando. delegates to the American Association of Pediatrics' annual conference
  2. 2a meeting at which people have formal discussions Representatives from all four countries involved will meet at the conference table this week. He was in conference with his lawyers all day. see also press conference
  3. 3a group of sports teams that play against each other in a league Southeast Conference football champions
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