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


From Middle French conférence, from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferens.



conference ‎(plural conferences)

  1. The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views.
    • Shakespeare
      Nor with such free and friendly conference / As he hath used of old.
  2. (politics) A multilateral diplomatic negotiation.
  3. (sciences) A formalized 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. (obsolete) The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison.
    • Hooker
      helps and furtherances which [] the mutual conference of all men's collections and observations may afford
  7. (Methodist Church) A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters.
  8. A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are.

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

  1. (transitive, 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.