convene

verb
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

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 caucus, launched after a meeting convened by the American Jewish Committee in January, will work to bring blacks and Jews together to back hate crimes legislation and combat white supremacist ideology and actions. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Lawmakers launch congressional black-Jewish caucus," 4 June 2019 Whether begging is truly on the rise or there are simply more people are attuned to it, the issue prompted leaders from the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association to convened Wednesday evening for a special forum. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Panhandling: A Longstanding Problem In Hartford Gains Renewed Attention," 19 Apr. 2018 On February 21, the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, will convene outside Washington to celebrate Trump and his accomplishments. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Can Donald Trump, the Most Unpopular President Ever, Save Republicans From a Massive Defeat in 2018?," 21 Feb. 2018 Jumping forward many years, O’Reilly tells us about convening a small summit of tech honchos, which quite literally named open source software. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O‘Reilly discusses the birth of “open source”," 1 Aug. 2018 The Met Ball or Met Gala is the fashion world equivalent of the Oscars, an evening when designers, models, and Hollywood stars convene in the year’s most over-the-top looks. Maria Ward, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Explains the Significance of the Met Gala," 5 May 2019 Missouri lawmakers are set to lay out the framework for the special session convened last week to consider whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri lawmakers have a plan for special session. It mostly ignores Greitens’ ideas | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Every March, some of the world's best superyachts convene here for an exclusive boat race known as the Bucket Regatta, and this year Loro Piana's boat My Song was a competitor. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Superyachts and Celebrities Invade St. Bart's For the Annual Boat Race," 26 Mar. 2019 Chaplain Barry Black intoned as the Senate convened. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans," 22 Jan. 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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convene

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convene

: to come together in a group for a meeting

convene

verb
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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