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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

Full Definition of convoke

con·vokedcon·vok·ing

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

Examples of convoke

  1. The assembly was convoked for a special session.

  2. They convoked a meeting of the delegates.



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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