con·​gress | \ ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs How to pronounce congress (audio) , 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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congressional \ kən-​ˈgresh-​nəl How to pronounce congressional (audio) , kän-​ , -​ˈgre-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
congressionally adverb

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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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Most leaders of the FARC, now a political party with seats in congress, condemned Mr Márquez’s return to war. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Sep. 2019 The ability of the next president to advance many key policies and plans will depend upon alliances in congress. Washington Post, "Guatemala awaits presidential election results," 11 Aug. 2019 Afflis’ mom, Margaret, was running for state congress in Delphi. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Is this the last living man to play with Dick the Bruiser, and against Carl Erskine?," 11 July 2019 Members of congress vowed to shut down a Homestead, Florida facility being used to hold migrant minors separated from their families (July 2). Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, "Border Patrol apprehensions along southern border fall for first time in 2019," 9 July 2019 The president and congress have no power whatsoever over these presidents without deep revisions in the Federal Reserve Act. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Hooray for complexity in the Federal Reserve’s structure," 3 Aug. 2019 Since leaving congress in 2011, Patrick Kennedy has become a mental health advocate, founding the Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming mental health and addiction care delivery. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Before her death, Saoirse Kennedy Hill revealed mental health struggles," 2 Aug. 2019 The State Department, members of congress and countless celebrities have shared support for the rapper. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "A$AP Rocky, Wu-Tang Clan, Travis Scott & More Headlining Rolling Loud New York 2019," 22 July 2019 That is four times as much as his sole Republican challenger, Brian Maryott, and the highest take among San Diego’s incumbent congress members`. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Levin raises $503,000 in second quarter, four times more than opponent," 18 July 2019

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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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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
: a particular congress especially : the congress of the United States that includes the Senate and the House of Representatives


con·​gress | \ ˈkäŋ-grəs How to pronounce congress (audio) \

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


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

Medical Definition of congress

: coitus

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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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