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convoke

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verb con·voke \kən-ˈvōk\

Simple Definition of convoke

  • : to call a group of people to a formal meeting or convocation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of convoke

convokedconvoking

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to call together to a meeting

Examples of convoke in a sentence

  1. The assembly was convoked for a special session.

  2. They convoked a meeting of the delegates.



Did You Know?

The Latin noun vox ("voice") and verb "vocare" ("to call") have given rise to many English words including "convoke." Other English descendants of those roots are usually spelled with "voc" or "vok" and have to do with speaking or calling. Thus a "vocation" is a special calling to a type of work; an "evocative" sight or smell calls forth memories and feelings; and a "vocal" ensemble is a singing group. "Provoke," "irrevocable," "equivocate," and "vociferous" are a few of the other descendants of "vox" and "vocare."

Origin of convoke

Middle French convoquer, from Latin convocare, from com- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice


First Known Use: 1598

Synonym Discussion of convoke

summon, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of. summon implies the exercise of authority <was summoned to answer charges>. call may be used less formally for summon <called the legislature into special session>. cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge <cited for drunken driving>. convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes <convoked a Vatican council>. convene is somewhat less formal than convoke <convened the students>. muster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole <mustered the troops>.


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