Meaning of CONFERENCE in English

con ‧ fe ‧ rence S2 W1 AC /ˈkɒnf ə rəns $ ˈkɑːn-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ confer ; noun : ↑ conference ]

1 . a large formal meeting where a lot of people discuss important matters such as business, politics, or science, especially for several days:

Representatives from over 100 countries attended the International Peace Conference in Geneva.

conference on

a UN conference on the environment

⇨ ↑ press conference

2 . a private meeting for a few people to have formal discussions

conference with

After a brief conference with his aides, he left for the airport.

conference room/table etc

The meeting will be held in the conference room at 10 am.

in conference

Mr Dickson is in conference.

3 . American English a group of teams that play against each other to see who is the best:

the Western Conference finals

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■ verbs

▪ go to a conference ( also attend a conference formal )

Hundreds of delegates are attending the conference.

▪ hold a conference (=have one)

Their annual conference was held in Chicago.

▪ host a conference (=have it in your country)

In June, Japan hosted a peace conference.

▪ organize a conference

The administration organized a conference on Africa.

▪ convene a conference formal (=arrange one)

a national conference on school violence convened by the U. S. Department of Education

▪ address a conference (=give a speech at one)

He received a warm welcome when he addressed the conference.

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + conference

▪ a peace/climate/sales etc conference

an international climate conference in Sweden

▪ a world/international conference

the world conference on human rights

▪ a national conference

Brazil’s national conference on health

▪ a regional conference

In Northern Africa, there have been important regional conferences on education.

▪ an annual conference

the biggest annual conference for teachers of English

▪ a party conference (=for a particular political party)

the Labour party conference

▪ a summit conference (=for the leaders of governments)

The heads of most Arab states met in Amman for a summit conference.

■ conference + NOUN

▪ conference facilities

The hotel has conference facilities for 100 people.

▪ a conference centre (=a building or group of buildings used for conferences)

▪ a conference hall

Thousands of people demonstrated outside the conference hall, demanding government action.

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