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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The Army Board for Correction of Military Records will convene a panel to determine if Golsteyn’s decoration and tab should be reinstated. Russ Read, Washington Examiner, "Green Beret will fight to regain his revoked Special Forces tab," 10 Jan. 2020 Mayor Eric Johnson convened the group last August to help find ways to address the root causes of crime. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Here’s how Dallas mayor’s task force, formed after 9-year-old girl’s killing, wants to tackle crime," 9 Jan. 2020 The Trump administration has not made any significant movement to outlaw flavored vaping products, but Mr. Trump convened a meeting with stakeholders and experts in November. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Vaping industry targets Trump with ad opposing ban on flavored e-cigarettes," 30 Dec. 2019 Over the weekend, North Korea said its leader Kim Jong Un had convened a key ruling party meeting to decide on steps to bolster the country’s military capability. Washington Post, "Asian shares mixed in quiet pre-Christmas trading," 23 Dec. 2019 At the time, Gambia’s tourism minister said the government convened an emergency meeting on the collapse, while some Gambians said the shutdown could have a devastating impact on tourism, which contributes more than 30% of the country’s GDP. Fox News, "Boat carrying migrants capsizes off Mauritania coast, at least 58 drown," 6 Dec. 2019 City officials have asked state and federal elected officials to convene a public meeting to discuss movement toward a regional flood control plan. Karen Berkowitz,, "Highland Park renews calls for Skokie River, Middle Fork flood remedies," 11 Oct. 2019 Cummings said that if Conway did not reconsider, the committee would convene a meeting on July 25 to hold her in contempt, a move that could lead to a lawsuit seeking to force her compliance. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump adviser Conway ignores Congressional subpoena," 15 July 2019 One person with knowledge of the BOJ’s strategy said the bank needed to be ready to convene an emergency meeting to cut its rate targets in the event of a rapid fall. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japan’s Banks Pinched by Zero-Yield Experiment," 26 June 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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The first known use of convene was in the 15th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convene.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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