convene

verb
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

Synonyms for convene

Synonyms

assemble, call, convoke, muster, summon

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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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The Facebook event page also notes that those in the Washington, DC, area are encouraged to convene in the Senate Hart Atrium at 12:30 p.m. for the walkout. Marci Robin, Allure, "Supporters of Christine Blasey Ford Are Planning a National Walkout on Monday," 24 Sep. 2018 Israel’s military chief visited the border area for briefings and the Security Cabinet, Israel’s top decision-making body, is expected to convene Sunday to discuss further actions. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza," 14 July 2018 But the other members were rattled enough to convene an emergency meeting on the spending issue. David Meyer, Fortune, "President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of NATO," 12 July 2018 The Senate is not scheduled to convene for a vote until Saturday. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Feud Over Millionaire’s Tax Inches New Jersey Closer to Shutdown," 28 June 2018 Come out to convene with nature while exploring the onsite Alice’s Garden. Philly.com, "Carrie Underwood, Celebration of Black Arts and other great events in Philadelphia, June 29-July 6," 28 June 2018 Johnson directed the Library Board to convene as a Personnel Committee and place those discussions in the meeting minutes and to release that portion of the audio recording on the city's website, which is done for other public meeting sessions. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville library official says board 'not trying to hide anything' after Open Meetings Act violation," 12 June 2018 For the death penalty to be sought, the State Attorney's Office would have to convene a death penalty review committee, Samantha Syoen, communications director for the State Attorney's Office, said. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "After cross-country manhunt, grand jury indicts grandma in Florida slaying," 7 June 2018 Another strategy was to convene a biweekly meeting of his team and invite Balwani to attend. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 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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The first known use of convene was in the 15th century

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convene

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convene

: to come together in a group for a meeting

convene

verb
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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