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congress

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noun con·gress \ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres\

Simple Definition of congress

  • : a formal meeting in which representatives or experts discuss important matters, make decisions, etc.

  • : the group of people who are responsible for making the laws of a country in some kinds of government

  • Congress : a particular congress; especially : the congress of the United States that includes the Senate and the House of Representatives

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of congress

  1. 1 a :  the act or action of coming together and meeting b :  coitus

  2. 2 :  a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and usually action on some question

  3. 3 :  the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially of a republic

  4. 4 :  an association usually made up of delegates from constituent organizations

  5. 5 :  a single meeting or session of a group

congressional play \kən-ˈgresh-nəl, kän-, -ˈgre-shə-nəl\ adjective
congressionally adverb

Examples of congress in a sentence

  1. She was recently elected to the country's congress.

  2. the congresses of Mexico and Chile

  3. The bill easily passed both houses of Congress.

  4. Congress is not currently in session.



Origin of congress

Latin congressus, from congredi to come together, from com- + gradi to go — more at grade


First Known Use: 1528


CONGRESS Defined for Kids

congress

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noun con·gress \ˈkäŋ-grəs\

Definition of congress for Students

  1. 1 :  the chief lawmaking body of a republic that in the United States is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives

  2. 2 :  a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and action :  conference

congressional \kən-ˈgre-shə-nəl\ adjective



Medical Dictionary

congress

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noun con·gress \ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres\

Medical Definition of congress

  1. :  coitus




Law Dictionary

congress

noun con·gress

Legal Definition of congress

  1. 1 :  a formal meeting of delegates

  2. 2a :  the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially a republic b capitalized :  the legislative branch of the United States government; specifically :  the U.S. House of Representatives

  3. 3 capitalized a :  the U.S. legislature as it is composed for an enumerated two-year period <the 101st Congress> b :  a single session of the U.S. legislature

congressional adjective
congressionally adverb


Origin of congress

Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet



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