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 While Pence continues to convene weekly calls with governors to discuss coronavirus testing, supplies and other issues, Trump no longer participates, the advisers said. Anchorage Daily News, "Record surge in new infections exposes America’s coronavirus failures," 28 June 2020 The House is set to convene at 11 a.m. and the Senate will return at 11:30 a.m. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers enter third and likely final day of special session," 26 June 2020 Late Wednesday, opposition lawmakers tried to convene a special session of congress and voted to repeal the new law. Washington Post, "Honduras’ new penal code lightens sentences for corruption," 25 June 2020 Shortly before prosecutors requested the latest arrest warrant for Mr Lee, Samsung asked them to convene an external committee to opine on whether the charges merited a trial. The Economist, "Much ado about Samsung No end in sight for Samsung’s legal troubles," 20 June 2020 Our Executive Board will convene in the near future to determine next steps. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MLB tells players union it will not agree to play more than 60 games in 2020 season," 19 June 2020 In 1961, the National Academy of Sciences asked Drake to convene a meeting at Green Bank to further discuss the search for intelligent life. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "My dad launched the quest to find alien intelligence. It changed astronomy.," 19 June 2020 The orders follow a push by Republican lawmakers who had called on the governor to convene a special session to take up the virus liability protections. USA TODAY, "Spiking numbers, opening venues, guarding beaches: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 Muhammad-Bande said that further details about how the assembly plans to convene virtually will be released in the future. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "UN General Assembly will not meet for first time in 75 years over coronavirus concerns," 9 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 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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