convene

verb
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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Other Words from convene

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

Synonyms for convene

Synonyms

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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The government has convened an advisory group to study such options. The Economist, "The search for ways to keep the Irish border open after Brexit," 29 June 2019 In response to backlash, YouTube has convened a blue-ribbon commission and appears to be hoping everyone will stop screaming. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Bowing to pressure, YouTube will reconsider its harassment policies," 6 June 2019 The office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx hasn’t commented about whether a grand jury has convened to consider charges against Kelly. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case," 20 Feb. 2019 Rosenstein has convened several meetings that revealed divisions within the Justice Department over whether to move forward. Matt Apuzzo, BostonGlobe.com, "Charges recommended in Garner’s death, but Justice officials have doubts," 20 Apr. 2018 The Neuroethics Working Group, a consortium convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health's BRAIN Initiative, which funded the research, has been consulting with Sestan since 2016. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Pig brains partially revived hours after death—what it means for people," 17 Apr. 2019 After this announcement, Markle participated in a panel discussion convened by the QCT to talk about the issues women and girls face around the world. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Spoke Out on International Women's Day—Here Are Her Best Quotes," 8 Mar. 2019 This sounds great: On 8th March The Duchess of Sussex will join a panel discussion convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women’s Day. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Made a Surprise Appearance During Prince Harry's Speech at WE Day," 6 Mar. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Another factor making the Fed’s policy-setting less predictable in 2019 is its increased flexibility to adjust rates eight times a year, instead of four, because Mr. Powell will convene a press conference after every meeting. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Shifts to a Less Predictable Approach to Policy Making," 27 Nov. 2018

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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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convene

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convene

: to come together in a group for a meeting

convene

verb
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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