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Borrowing from Latin cōnfectus, past participle of cōnficere, from com- (together) + facere (to make). Akin to comfit. See also confection.


confect (third-person singular simple present confects, present participle confecting, simple past and past participle confected)

  1. To make up, prepare, compound, construct, assemble, form, mix, mingle or put together by combining ingredients or materials; to concoct.
    The woman confected a home-remedy for the traveler's illness.
    The young bride's friends confected a dress from odds and ends of fabric.
    [My joys] are still confected with some fears. -- Stirling
    • 1629, Sir Thomas Herbert, Travels in Persia
      Of this were confected the famous everlasting lamps and tapers.
  2. (obsolete) To make into a confection; to prepare as a candy, sweetmeat, preserve, or the like.


confect (plural confects)

  1. (obsolete) A rich, sweet, food item made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts; a confection, comfit.
    • Harvey
      At supper eat a pippin roasted and sweetened with sugar of roses and caraway confects.
    • 1889, Arthur Conan Doyle, Micah Clarke, Chapter 1
      She made salves and eyewaters, powders and confects, cordials and persico, orangeflower water and cherry brandy, each in its due season, and all of the best.

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