conference has definitions from the field of sport
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[ noun ] a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

The bulk of the press_corps was covering Rheinholdt 's conference .

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[ noun ] (sport) an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members

Synonyms

league

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Last week , when Royal was informed that three Longhorns were among the conference 's top four in rushing , he said : `` That won't last long '' .

The Texas_Aggies got a day_off Monday - a special gift from Coach Jim_Myers for its conference victory last Saturday night , but Myers announced that halfback George_Hargett , shaken_up in the Tech game , would not play against Trinity Saturday .

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[ noun ] a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

Synonyms

group_discussion

Used in print

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

One-day conferences covering some specific phase of business management , also part of the continuing activities of the Small_Business_Administration , aid community economic development programs .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

One day , Ching had told him ( smiling , patting him on the back ) as they walked to the weekly conference of squad leaders , `` Keep it up , your squad is good , one of the best , keep it up , keep_up the good work '' .

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