Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make into a confection or preserve.
  • transitive verb To put together by combining materials.
  • noun A sweet confection, such as candy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A preparation with sugar or honey, as of fruit, herbs, roots, and the like; a confection; a comfit; a sweetmeat.
  • To make up or compound; especially, to make into sweetmeats.
  • To put together; construct; compose; form.
  • Confected; compounded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A comfit; a confection.
  • transitive verb obsolete To prepare, as sweetmeats; to make a confection of.
  • transitive verb obsolete To construct; to form; to mingle or mix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make up, prepare, compound, construct, assemble, form, mix, mingle or put together by combining ingredients or materials; to concoct.
  • verb obsolete To make into a confection; to prepare as a candy, sweetmeat, preserve, or the like.
  • noun obsolete A rich, sweet, food item made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts; a confection, comfit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make into a confection
  • verb make or construct
  • noun a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English confecten, to prepare, from Latin cōnficere, cōnfect- : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin confectus, past participle of conficere, from com- ("together") + facere ("to make"). Akin to comfit. See also confection.

Examples

  • Do we come together to "confect" euchraist or do we come together to celebrate that which always and everywhere is?

    National Catholic Reporter

  • I've managed to confect vague sympathy, but can't help feeling the snub would be put into perspective if female athletes would only turn to their well-thumbed copies of classical comedy.

    Women should be happy they have failed the Sports Personality test | Marina Hyde

  • Polls appear daily; conjecture abounds continually; media confect a frenzy.

    US primaries promise little – and this year could deliver even less | Gary Younge

  • Pureeing their own research with published sources, Mr. Summers and Ms. Swan confect a circumstantial case involving protection money paid by members of the huge royal family to keep bin Laden's terrorism outside the kingdom's borders, intercession by Saudi cultural agents—likely spies—to help two of the hijackers in California, and stonewalling by Saudi intelligence after the attacks.

    A Decade After

  • Instead of having the studio confect costume jewelry for the film, DeMille ordered exact reproductions of ancient Egyptian jewelry that used real gold and precious stones.

    Empire of Dreams

  • What projects would they confect after rambling about the place where outbreaks of three infectious diseases for instance, the West Nile virus in 1999 were alleged to have started; where wild animals are killed on sight but a habitat for several bird species is nevertheless supported; and where the serial killer Hannibal Lecter would have enjoyed a brief respite from his incarceration but one which he sneeringly rejected?

    101 Plum Islands

  • He could simply vacate the suspension and state the clerics have the faculties they need from him to confect the sacraments independent of any other authorization - such faculties to last until such time as a juridical structure can be agreed to.

    Fellay speaks: The talks begin in the autumn of 2009

  • The Novus Ordo is a valid mass because the words and rites that would confect the sacrament is present in the rite.

    URGENT The "Reform of the Reform" is in motion

  • However, the truth is that if we want a body of parliamentarians who will moderate the whole process as much in the cause of national sovereignty as in those such as family values, and as much in the cause of peace as in those such as social justice, then we are going to have to contrive and confect those parliamentarians for ourselves.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • What projects would they confect after rambling about the place where outbreaks of three infectious diseases for instance, the West Nile virus in 1999 were alleged to have started; where wild animals are killed on sight but a habitat for several bird species is nevertheless supported; and where the serial killer Hannibal Lecter would have enjoyed a brief respite from his incarceration but one which he sneeringly rejected?

    Archive 2009-08-01

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