congress

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

Definition of congress 

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

b : coitus

2 : a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and usually action on some question the Congress of Vienna

3 : the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially of a republic the Congress of the United States

4 : an association usually made up of delegates from constituent organizations the World Energy Congress

5 : a single meeting or session of a group

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Other words from congress

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

Examples of congress in a Sentence

She was recently elected to the country's congress. the congresses of Mexico and Chile The bill easily passed both houses of Congress. Congress is not currently in session.
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Honduras’s congress appointed Óscar Chinchilla to a new term as the country’s attorney-general. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 July 2018 Among these are 628 members of the national congress, who will be able to be reelected for the first time in nearly a century; eight state governors; and mayors of more than 1,500 cities, including Mexico City. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 Among these are 628 members of the national congress, who will be able to be re-elected for the first time in nearly a century; 9 state governors; and mayors of more than 1,500 cities, including Mexico City. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "Mexicans head to polls to choose a new president as relations with U.S. grow unusually fraught," 1 July 2018 Among these are 628 members of the national congress, who will be able to be re-elected for the first time in nearly a century; 9 state governors; and mayors of more than 1,500 cities, including Mexico City. Joshua Partlow And Maya Averbuch, BostonGlobe.com, "Mexicans head to polls to choose a new president as relations with US grow unusually fraught," 1 July 2018 The other way to ensure eligibility was to establish organizations in half of Turkey’s provinces and completing a general congress, all to be completed six months before voting day. Time, "Turkish Opposition Lawmakers Are Switching Parties to Challenge President Erdogan," 24 Apr. 2018 The other way to ensure eligibility was to establish organizations in half of Turkey’s provinces and completing a general congress, all to be completed six months before voting day. Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Seattle Times, "Turkish lawmakers switch parties in challenge to Erdogan," 22 Apr. 2018 Incumbent Donovan has represented New York’s 11th congressional district since 2015, when Grimm, a former FBI agent, resigned from congress after pleading guilty to tax evasion. David Lee Miller, Fox News, "New York Republican Michael Grimm seeks to reclaim congressional seat after prison stint," 25 June 2018 Stoddard wrote scores of books and pamphlets about temperance and traveled to Europe between 1909 and 1926 to represent the United States in international anti-alcohol congresses. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of congress

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for congress

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

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

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congress

noun

English Language Learners 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

congress

noun
con·gress | \ ˈkäŋ-grəs \

Kids Definition of congress

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

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congressional \kən-ˈgre-shə-nᵊl \ adjective

congress

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

Medical Definition of congress 

: coitus

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congress

noun
con·gress

Legal Definition of congress 

1 : a formal meeting of delegates

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 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 — see also house of representatives, senate

Other words from congress

congressional adjective
congressionally adverb

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