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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convener or convenor \ kən-​ˈvē-​nər How to pronounce convene (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 The trustees will convene again in May, also by Zoom, to discuss other matters. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Recording Academy Votes to End Grammy Nomination Review Committees," 30 Apr. 2021 The leaders of those companies would convene to set the ethical standards for the comic book industry. Los Angeles Times, "5 Black comic book creators with 5 ways of seeing this inclusive superhero moment," 29 Apr. 2021 The Palestinian leadership will convene later this week to discuss whether to postpone next month's elections if Israel does not allow voting in east Jerusalem, where days of violence have ratcheted up tensions. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Palestinians to discuss delaying vote over Jerusalem dispute," 26 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, Biden will convene his summit on climate change with dozens of world leaders. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Blinken warns US is falling behind China in race to capitalize on climate opportunities," 19 Apr. 2021 According to the new announcement, the board will not convene again. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Biden administration scraps human fetal tissue research restrictions," 16 Apr. 2021 The Latino Network will convene at least six speakers Thursday to outline accusation that officials have failed to tear down barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations for the Latinx community. oregonlive, "Latino Network blasts state for failing to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine," 14 Apr. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will convene its vaccine advisory committee on Wednesday to look into the possible link between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and blood clots. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be paused in U.S. after 'extremely rare' blood clots, FDA and CDC say," 13 Apr. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will convene an advisory committee Wednesday to conduct a complete review of the cases and has recommended that the J&J vaccine not be used while the review is pending. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana scrambles after feds pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout. Here's what's next.," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Convene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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