verb con·vene \ kən-ˈvēn \
Updated on: 2 Feb 2018

Definition of convene

convened; convening
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.


or convenor play \kən-ˈvē-nər\ noun

Examples of convene in a Sentence

  1. We convened at the hotel for a seminar.

  2. This class convenes twice a week.

  3. A panel of investigators was convened by the president to review the case.

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Origin and Etymology of convene

Middle English, from Medieval Latin convenire, from Latin, to assemble — more at convenient

Synonym Discussion of 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

CONVENE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of convene for English Language Learners

  • : to come together in a group for a meeting

CONVENE Defined for Kids


verb con·vene \ kən-ˈvēn \

Definition of convene for Students

convened; convening
: to come or bring together as an assembly
  • The legislature convened on Tuesday.
  • The teacher convened the class.

Word Root of convene

The Latin word venīre, meaning “to come,” and its form ventus give us the roots ven and vent. Words from the Latin venīre have something to do with coming. To invent is to come up with a new idea or device that no one has thought of before. To convene is to come together for a purpose. An event is an occasion when many people come together.

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