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"conference" in British English

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conferencenoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.fər.əns/  us   /ˈkɑːn.fɚ-/
B1 an ​event, sometimes ​lasting a few ​days, at which there is a ​group of ​talks on a ​particularsubject, or a ​meeting in which ​especiallybusinessmatters are ​discussedformally: a conference on women's ​rights They ​frequently hold conferences at that ​hotel. I'm ​speaking at/​attending a conference next ​week. Should I ​book the conference room for the ​meeting?be in conference formal to be in a ​meeting: Ms O'Neill isn't ​available at the ​moment. She's in conference.

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(Definition of conference from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conference" in American English

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conferencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɑn·fər·əns, -frəns/
a ​large, ​formalmeeting at which there are ​groups of ​talks on a ​particularsubject, or a ​small, ​privatemeeting for ​discussion of a ​particularmatter: [C] She ​spoke at a conference in Geneva.
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"conference" in Business English

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conferencenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkɒnfərəns/ MEETINGS
an ​event, sometimes lasting a few days, at which there are a lot of ​talks and ​meetings about a particular ​subject: a conference ​centre/hallhold/organize a conference (on sth) The ​institute will be ​holding a conference on ​highereducation and ​economicgrowth next spring.attend/go to/speak at a conference Most of the ​departmentattended the Mobile World conference in Barcelona. He was the ​keynote speaker at a conference in Frankfurt.conference delegate/participant Conference ​delegates will receive a ​discount on the ​price of their ​hotelrooms.
a ​private and ​formalmeeting between a ​smallnumber of ​people: After a ​short conference with his ​advisers, he announced his decision to ​resign. a conference ​room
be in conference formal to be in a ​meeting: She ​directed him into a ​meetingroom, where a ​number of ​executives were in conference.
(Definition of conference from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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