con·vene | \kən-ˈvēn \
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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convener or convenor \kən-ˈvē-nər \ 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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When the uprising that has shaken President Daniel Ortega erupted in April, one of the first antigovernment marches was convened by an institution not known in recent years for civil disobedience: the country’s powerful private business association. John Otis, WSJ, "Nicaraguan Leader’s Former Pro-Business Allies Want Him Out," 10 July 2018 As community members continue to press for answers regarding the death of a man who was arrested by National City police, some have raised concerns about the city’s police oversight board, which has not convened since late last year. David Hernandez,, "Residents angry over death of man arrested by police call for full staffing of review board," 9 July 2018 It was convened by the assistant secretary for preparedness and response, a position that normally oversees public health emergencies. Jen Kirby, Vox, "500 migrant kids have been reunited with their parents. Thousands are still caught in the system.," 23 June 2018 The jury was convened by State Attorney Dave Aronberg to examine school security after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings Feb. 14 in an effort to prevent a similar tragedy in Palm Beach County. Lois K. Solomon,, "Grand jury wants Palm Beach school district to explore Sheriff's Office takeover," 20 June 2018 The hearing where Wagner testified last month, for example, was convened around the case of eight children who were placed by the government with human traffickers and sent to work on an egg farm in Ohio. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Here's what's really happening with the 1,500 'missing' immigrant children," 29 May 2018 As a result, a committee was convened during the 2017-18 school year to review policy 7:10 and provide a recommendation to the school board. Steve Schering,, "Protections for transgender, gender nonconforming students approved by Oak Park and River Forest school board," 26 May 2018 The indictment alleges crimes between 2012 and 2016, when a grand jury was convened and before President Trump took office. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Feds: Mexican Mafia runs California jails like an "illegal government"," 24 May 2018 The fundamental flaw with the process, critics claim, is that they weren’t convened by the National Assembly, as required by the constitution. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "What you need to know about Venezuela's presidential election | Miami Herald," 20 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of convene

: to come together in a group for a meeting


con·vene | \kən-ˈvēn \
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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