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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Other Words from convene

convener or convenor \ kən-​ˈvē-​nər \ 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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When the group convenes Tuesday at St. James the Less Church at the Corner of 45th Street and Kennedy Avenue, they will be handed a poster with a photo and information on a service person who has been killed in the line of duty, Mrvan said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "North Township parade marchers salute fallen Hoosier soldiers," 2 July 2018 Tuesday's meeting, convened at a luxury hotel on the island of Sentosa, comes just three months after Trump accepted North Korea's invitation for talks on the spot. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump, Kim set to meet for historic summit," 11 June 2018 Big businesses are increasingly tallying the advantages, especially since Mr. Macron convened 140 chief executives of global companies at an ornate gathering at the Palace of Versailles in January. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Macron Vowed to Make France a ‘Start-Up Nation.’ Is It Getting There?," 23 May 2018 A day earlier, protesters convened at the same store, initially gathering outside before being driven inside by heavy rain. Author: Rachel Siegel, Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Starbucks CEO delivers in-person apology to two black men who were arrested at Philadelphia store," 17 Apr. 2018 Just one day earlier, demonstrators convened at the same location. Washington Post,, "Starbucks to close more than 8,000 stores for racial-bias education on May 29," 17 Apr. 2018 The eight sectional winners convene at the Whitaker Bank Ballpart May 5-6, with the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 5 and the semis and finals May 6. Shelby Dermer,, "Takeaways: Baseball, softball races heat up with cooperating weather," 14 Apr. 2018 The board meeting convenes at 6 p.m. at the Crowley administration building, 512 Peach St. Eugene Rogers is being replaced at North Crowley. Eric Zarate, star-telegram, "Head football coach vacancies on Crowley school board agenda Thursday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Apr. 2018 And just like that, the faithful convened at Ithan and Lancaster Avenues for what has become a tradition. Erin Mccarthy,, "With another basketball championship, Villanova fans let loose," 3 Apr. 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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to express warning or disapproval

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