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 MADE Working Group: To convene racially and ethnically diverse business, academic, and community leaders and bring a vast array of experiences and individual passions to advance equity and inclusion. Ali Shahbaz, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Only the governor can convene a special session and set the agenda. Dallas News, 27 May 2021 To convene the grand jury, the Smiths needed 329 voter signatures — 2 percent of the county’s vote total in the last gubernatorial election, plus 100 — and to have a court approve the legal grounds. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 The trip comes after Mr. Biden hosted a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, which the president had promised to convene in his first 100 days. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2021 The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice is asking the Justice Department to reopen its investigation into the boy's 2014 shooting and to convene a grand jury that would consider charges against the Cleveland police officers involved in his death. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 An eight-page letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland urges him to allow prosecutors to convene a grand jury. cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 The letter asks that federal prosecutors convene a grand jury to consider charges against the police officers. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2021 Timing for the Senate to act isn’t clear, but Republican Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a call to convene the chamber in an emergency session and quickly start the trial. Jennifer Epstein,, 13 Jan. 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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9 Jun 2021

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“Convene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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