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

Synonyms for convene


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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Here are some of the hurdles that Google parent Alphabet Inc., Facebook, Amazon and other tech companies are likely to face when the 116th Congress convenes. ___ Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies," 12 Dec. 2018 Usually, when the U.N. convenes, the most immediate impact Americans notice is that traffic in NYC sucks for a week. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The U.N. General Assembly Just Laughed in Trump's Face," 25 Sep. 2018 Stone's social media director was spotted in June by reporters at a Washington courthouse where the grand jury that hears evidence from the special counsel investigation convenes. Rosalind S. Helderman And Manuel Roig-franzia,, "Charges against Russian officers intensify spotlight on Trump adviser Stone," 13 July 2018 When Rauner convened an opioid advisory council, Alkermes's top lobbyist for the midwest, Adam Rondeau, took a seat at the table, public records show. Bill Myers, Chicago Reader, "Officials hope much-hyped drug can slow state's opioid crisis, but is it worth the costs?," 16 May 2018 Getty ImagesBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI The Senate Judiciary Committee convened, as promised, on Friday morning to begin the confirmation voting process for Brett Kavanaugh, one day after the moving testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Two Survivors Confronted Jeff Flake in an Elevator With Their Stories of Assault," 28 Sep. 2018 Faced with salient examples of climate change, Walker convened a task force last year that holds regular meetings throughout the state to gather evidence. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 Earlier this year, Black convened a meeting to try to sort through the data generated by the SOMNIA team, composed of experts from nine countries including Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and Argentina. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 2018 The board convened a special meeting to reconsider Eriksen’s employment shortly after the allegations against him surfaced last month, but took no action at that meeting. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Evergreen Park school board rescinds new principal's contract following anonymous misconduct allegations," 15 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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