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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The security advisers for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that amnesty legislation aimed at lessening violence will be developed with the input of crime victims and presented to Mexico's congress. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Mexico's president-elect will propose amnesty law," 6 July 2018 The government is expected to send a proposal to congress to strengthen the bank’s charter. The Economist, "The IMF hands Mauricio Macri a vote of confidence," 8 June 2018 Last fall, a representative from New York even introduced the Lifesaving Librarians Act to congress, a bill that would help make naloxone kits more affordable for libraries. Abby Lynes, OregonLive.com, "Librarians emerge as unlikely players in battle against opioid epidemic," 1 June 2018 The organization sent a letter to congress saying the immigrants are a vital part of their workforce. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, ""We could be separated": Immigrants, families react after Trump administration ends protected status," 5 May 2018 The president bowed to the congress, waved, and even joined in the applause himself. Simon Denyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Key ally of China’s Xi elected vice president," 17 Mar. 2018 This was a district that President Trump won by nearly 20 points, an area that hasn’t sent a Democrat to congress in over a decade. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "After a Long Night, Conor Lamb Declares Victory in the Pennsylvania Special Election," 14 Mar. 2018 The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote. Rob Harris And Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, "US, Canada, Mexico win joint 2026 World Cup bid," 13 June 2018 The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote. Rob Harris And Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup," 13 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

Other Words from congress

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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