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conference

noun [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 particular subject, or a meeting in which especially business matters are discussed formally: 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 present. She's in conference.
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