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CONFERENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conference mean? 

CONFERENCE (noun)
  The noun CONFERENCE has 3 senses:

1. a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
2. an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
3. a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

  Familiarity information: CONFERENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFERENCE (noun)


Sense 1conference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("conference" is a kind of...):

group meeting; meeting (a formally arranged gathering)

Meronyms (members of "conference"):

conferee (a member of a conference)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conference"):

symposium (a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations)

seminar (any meeting for an exchange of ideas)

colloquium (an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting)


Sense 2conference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

league; conference

Hypernyms ("conference" is a kind of...):

association (a formal organization of people or groups of people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conference"):

class; division (a league ranked by quality)

Ivy League (a league of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige)

hockey league (a league of hockey teams)

football league (a league of football teams)

bowling league (a league of bowling teams)

basketball league (a league of basketball teams)

baseball league (a league of baseball teams)

bush league; minor league; minors (a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball))

big league; major league; majors (the most important league in any sport (especially baseball))


Sense 3conference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

group discussion; conference

Hypernyms ("conference" is a kind of...):

discussion; give-and-take; word (an exchange of views on some topic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conference"):

bull session (an informal discussion (usually among men))

teleconference; teleconferencing (a conference of people who are in different locations that is made possible by the use of such telecommunications equipment as closed-circuit television)

teach-in (an extended session (as on a college campus) for lectures and discussion on an important and usually controversial issue)

session (a meeting for execution of a group's functions)

round table; round-table conference; roundtable (a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views)

pretrial; pretrial conference ((law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases)

news conference; press conference (a conference at which press and tv reporters ask questions of a politician or other celebrity)

huddle; powwow ((informal) a quick private conference)

audience; consultation; interview (a conference (usually with someone important))

consultation (a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question)

colloquy (a conversation especially a formal one)


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