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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convener or convenor \ kən-​ˈvē-​nər How to pronounce convenor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for convene


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 trial ended July 3, but Gallagher’s case still awaits a final sign-off from the convening authority. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL legal fundraising feud pits lawyers against lawyers," 12 Aug. 2019 Executive actions or hastily convened legislative sessions are invitations to abuse. Michael Tanner, National Review, "Some Thoughts on the El Paso Shooting," 7 Aug. 2019 After the study session, council members convened for their regular meeting. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "County criticized for not taking action on Devil’s Gate dust concerns," 7 Aug. 2019 Under this, Article 1 defines J&K as a state of India, Article 370 accords special status to J&K. 1951: The constituent assembly of J&K, the body responsible for creating the state’s constitution, convenes. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A timeline of key events that shaped the unique identity of Kashmir within India," 5 Aug. 2019 When the Raiders convened for practice, Branch’s uniform No. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders honor No. 21 and get history lesson on Cliff Branch," 4 Aug. 2019 But on June 16, a diverse group of Jews convened on Oz Farm in Saugerties, N.Y., where rain had turned the fields to mud, leading to a celebration that was as improvisational and joyous as one of Mr. Rothstein’s songs. New York Times, "A Song in His Heart. It Was for Her.," 2 Aug. 2019 By the next time the candidates convene on stage, Sept. 12 in Houston, the field will be smaller and the campaigns will have had time to assess at least three big questions. HOW FAR LEFT? David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Three big questions for the Democratic presidential field," 2 Aug. 2019 The business group also proposed that convening an independent inquiry into all aspects of recent unrest over the bill could restore confidence in Hong Kong. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Hong Kong's protests are starting to hurt its business," 29 July 2019

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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 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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a period when something is suspended

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