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

Synonyms for congress

Synonyms

parliament

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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 retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps is now gunning to break up the all-male Congressional delegation in Kentucky with her run for congress from the state’s 6th district. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Earlier this month, the body of Abel Montufar, a candidate for congress from the state of Guerrero, was found in his truck. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "36 local candidates have been assassinated in Mexico. And the election is still 2 months away.," 20 May 2018 Earlier this month, the body of Abel Montufar, a candidate for congress from the state of Guerrero, was found in his truck. Kevin Sieff, chicagotribune.com, "36 local candidates have been assassinated in Mexico, and the election is still 2 months away," 20 May 2018 State Representatives Mike Connolly of Cambridge, Adrian Madaro of East Boston, and Christine Barber of Somerville addressed the crowd, as did Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is running for congress. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "Dozens decry protected status decision for Hondurans," 8 May 2018 According to numerous reports, Trump is allegedly increasingly apoplectic at the prospect of the Republicans losing at least one chamber of congress on November 6. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “There’s No Proof of Anything”," 28 Oct. 2018 Her parents are both prominent politicians: her father, G.K. Butterfield, is a member of congress, and up until recently was the head of the Congressional Black Caucus. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tech Has a Huge Diversity Problem. This Woman Is Determined to Fix It.," 21 Aug. 2018 Guests include chefs like José Andrés, members of congress and food activists. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "13 of the best podcasts for a summer road trip," 29 June 2018 Dwyfor Evans, Macro Strategist, State Street Bank, joined Bryan Curtis and Juliette Saly to discuss his expectations for economic policy change from China following the party congress and how that may impact markets. Bloomberg.com, "An ECB Surprise This Week Could Take Gloss Off Emerging Markets," 5 Sep. 2017

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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

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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

History and Etymology for congress

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

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