con·​vene | \ kən-ˈvēn How to pronounce convene (audio) \
convened; convening

Definition of convene

intransitive verb

: to come together in a body We convened at the hotel for a seminar.

transitive verb

1 : to summon before a tribunal
2 : to cause to assemble A world council was convened in Paris.

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convener or convenor \ kən-​ˈvē-​nər How to pronounce convenor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for convene


assemble, call, convoke, muster, summon

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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

Examples of convene in a Sentence

We convened at the hotel for a seminar. This class convenes twice a week. A panel of investigators was convened by the president to review the case.
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But there’s a reason Popovich has come across as wound tightly from the moment this potluck squad convened in Las Vegas on Aug 4. Marc Stein, New York Times, "U.S.A. Basketball’s No-Win Situation Became Too Real," 11 Sep. 2019 In either case, enacting a 15% budget cut before July 1, 2021, will require substantial budget cuts when the Legislature convenes in January. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Internal Dunleavy administration document suggests more budget cuts to come," 6 Sep. 2019 Beautycon LA is an opportunity for novices, influencers, and aficionados alike to convene in one space and discuss all things beauty. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "These Are The Black-Owned Brands From Beautycon LA You Should Be Shopping," 12 Aug. 2019 After the Second Vatican Council convened in the mid-1960s, church leaders reconsidered traditional church practices and thrust the Catholic Church into the modern world with their changes., "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019 The entire umpiring crew then convened in the middle of the diamond for a discussion of the play, which was not reviewable by video. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Castillo hurt again; Tatis’ stolen swipe; Urias comes up big too," 9 Aug. 2019 Because grand juries convene in private, there is no court document that provides a narrative of the shooting or a prosecutor’s rationale for the criminal charge. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Witness list offers peek into secretive manslaughter case against Washington County deputy," 25 July 2019 Barrett was uncertain if the Vel Phillips Plaza line will be completed in time for the Democratic National Convention, which will convene in Milwaukee next summer. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Barrett announces record-high numbers for streetcar ridership during Milwaukee festivals," 16 July 2019 Anti-government groups looking to stick a finger (or a gun barrel) in the government’s eye convened in one location, as if to dare the feds to chase them out. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of convene

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for convene

Middle English, from Medieval Latin convenire, from Latin, to assemble — more at convenient

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English Language Learners Definition of convene

: to come together in a group for a meeting


con·​vene | \ kən-ˈvēn How to pronounce convene (audio) \
convened; convening

Kids Definition of convene

: to come or bring together as an assembly The legislature convened on Tuesday. The teacher convened the class.

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