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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Since schools closed due to the coronavirus, Superintendent Allen Bourff told the board that the committee will still convene, but that the findings will probably be ready later in the fall than originally expected. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel Clay Schools approve late start for older students, more recess for elementary schools," 19 May 2020 On March 2, Cuomo convened an interagency state task force to create and execute a strategy for combating COVID-19, with every department from homeland security to administrative services represented. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.," 16 May 2020 The board will instead convene a special meeting via teleconference at 8 a.m. April 1. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR customer service counters closed, steering more license buyers to on-line option," 21 Mar. 2020 The Florida panel convened on 21 January and will hold its second session tomorrow. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Florida state legislator fears overreaction in probe of foreign research ties," 4 Feb. 2020 The plan was to convene like-minded brewers together to try each other’s brews, celebrate the power of beer and, frankly, get a little drunk with friends. Jeremy Meyer, The Know, "Is Great American Beer Festival still a big deal for the beer world?," 3 Oct. 2019 Protesters who believe Guyger’s sentence is inadequate are reportedly planning to convene outside the courthouse this evening. Laura Barcella,, "Former Texas Cop Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Shooting Neighbor in His Own Home," 2 Oct. 2019 If two-thirds of the state legislatures vote to convene it, the Constitution requires it. Louis Michael Seidman, Harper's magazine, "Constitution in Crisis," 16 Sep. 2019 The cabinet is scheduled to convene at 1 p.m. and Prime Minister Hassan Diab will address the nation after the session. Nicolas Parasie,, "Lebanese Banks Mull Committee for Debt Talks With Government," 6 May 2020

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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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The first known use of convene was in the 15th century

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of convene

: to come together in a group for a meeting


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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