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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Roads leading to the parliament building in downtown Beirut were closed with roadblocks and checkpoints as the 128-member parliament convened Tuesday. Washington Post, "Lebanese parliament convenes on budget amid tight security," 16 July 2019 The bureau, the Office of Community & Civic Life, then convened a 25-member committee to suggest new code language. oregonlive.com, "Portland leader defends push to end neighborhoods’ ‘devastating’ special influence," 12 July 2019 From the start, which was in 1841 in Syracuse, N.Y., the state fair convened to showcase the glories of the jurisdiction’s livestock and agriculture. Time, "The Strange Allure of State Fair Food," 11 July 2019 Wednesday's subcommittee hearing is one of several this week convened Cummings. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "House oversight panel puts 'kids in cages' under scrutiny: 'This government sponsored child abuse'," 10 July 2019 Equal Playing Field This year’s event, in contrast to the first, drew big-name sponsors such as Twitter and Adidas and also convened a summit on women’s challenges in soccer, with 120 leaders in the sport participating. Meghan Mcdonough, Quartz, "Female soccer players are breaking world records to show they’re just as good as the guys," 7 July 2019 In fact, the Beatles are so revered within the halls of Sony/ATV that a special Beatles committee convenes to discuss opportunities. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Sony/ATV Hopes 'Yesterday' Appeals to Tomorrow's Beatles Fans," 26 June 2019 After a week off, Gov. Ned Lamont is back talking about tolls, this time convening a meeting at the state Capitol to continue discussions ahead of a potential tolls vote this summer. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Gov. Ned Lamont offers a tax cut for tolls, Nancy Pelosi comes to Hartford," 21 June 2019 Barack Obama’s Justice Department seriously considered indicting Assange under the Espionage Act and convened a grand jury for that purpose. James C. Goodale, Harper's magazine, "More Than a Data Dump," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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More Definitions for convene

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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