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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Other Words from convene

convener or convenor \kən-​ˈvē-​nər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for convene

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 conference was convened as a series of trainings for local officials and planned by dozens of Harvard Kennedy School students, including a small corps of Army and NSA officers on leave from active duty. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 The policy conclave, usually held in the spring, was convened to mark the 40th anniversary of the Communist government’s adoption of pro-market policies. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Weighs Skipping Trade Talks After U.S. Tariff Threat," 16 Sep. 2018 The tragedy unfolded as the largest flow of refugees in Europe since World War II reached crisis levels, and a summit of the continent’s top leaders was convened in the Hofburg palace in Vienna. Helene Bienvenu And Marc Santora,, "They Let 71 People Die in Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.," 15 June 2018 The concert of the Brahms B Flat Major and G Major string sextets was convened by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and on its marketing materials a photo of Pamela Frank was a lure. Peter Dobrin,, "Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo wallow in Brahms for friends and family," 12 May 2018 Final approval rests with the U of L board of trustees, whose next meeting is scheduled for April 19, but university spokesman John Karman said a special meeting could be convened prior to that date if a candidate is ready to be confirmed. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville 'teed up' to hire Vince Tyra with meetings set for Monday," 22 Mar. 2018 Rather than set new mandatory cybersecurity requirements, government should convene stakeholders and promote information-sharing about evolving threats. WSJ, "Should the Government Require Companies to Meet Cybersecurity Standards for Critical Infrastructure?," 12 Nov. 2018 That type of feedback is exactly why Caitlin Kalinowski, Facebook’s head of product design engineering, says her main contribution to the Oculus Go was convening a diverse team, including Hung. Alyson Krueger, Marie Claire, "Can Women Make Virtual Reality Mainstream?," 30 July 2018 Last year Maloyan assembled a Colorado Street Bridge Task Force and convened community meetings to look at permanent options to end the jumping: planting trees below, posting numbers for crisis text lines, adding netting. Matthew Segal, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Complicated Case of the Colorado Street Bridge," 18 June 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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