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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In February, Amnesty convened a session about the implications of artificial intelligence, with engineers and policy experts from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM Corp. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 After convening meetings with firefighters and representatives from Seattle’s Finance and Administrative Services, Scoggins connected with researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Is Station 31 making Seattle firefighters sick? Study hopes to find answers about ‘Cancer House’," 6 July 2018 Hutchinson, after quickly convening a hearing, asked her why. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Her life on the line, Gwinnett woman shuns lawyers in death-penalty case," 28 June 2018 In March, members of the G20 convened to discuss the future of cryptocurrencies on the international stage. Zhuling Chen, Fortune, "How Should We Regulate Blockchain? It Depends on Which Country You Ask," 25 June 2018 At Mrs Merkel’s request, 16 EU leaders convened in Brussels today for an impromptu summit. The Economist, "An emergency EU summit makes little progress on migration," 24 June 2018 The commissioner’s comments come as the New York City mayor and police commissioner prepare to unveil a new marijuana enforcement policy on Tuesday after convening a 30-day working group to review the issue last month. New York Times, "New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana With Health Dept. Endorsement," 18 June 2018 Just two weeks later, on April 16, Father Herman Porter, a black priest from Rockford, Illinois, convened the first meeting of the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus in Detroit. Smithsonian, "The History of Black Catholics in America," 8 June 2018 After that, Assistant Principal Patrice McCauley convened a hearing to decide whether he should be sent to an alternative school. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "He was suspended, then things got worse. But this CMS teen never gave up.," 7 June 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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