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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A year after the fire, a committee of leading fire experts, Lentini among them, was convened by the National Fire Protection Association to create a set of national guidelines for how a proper fire investigation should be conducted. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 More than 2,500 journalists have convened here, with each leader's every movement tracked carefully. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump, Kim set to meet for historic summit," 11 June 2018 Lawmakers are convened in a special session to consider whether to impeach the governor and remove him from office. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri officials scrutinizing Greitens’ use of private lawyers paid by taxpayers | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 The event, which Pope Francis convened, is taking place amid intense scrutiny after new allegations of abuse and cover-up last year sparked a credibility crisis for the Catholic Church hierarchy. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability," 20 Feb. 2019 Work began on the set after the group came off the road from promoting 2015's Run Wild, working separately in their own home studios and also convening for a session at California's Big Bear Lake that yielded three songs for the album. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Lydia Premieres Wes Anderson-Esque 'Sunlight' Video From Upcoming 'Liquor' Album," 24 May 2018 In 1923, when an inter-American conference was convened in Santiago, Chile, one of the hot-button issues was whether to cease funding the Pan-American Railway. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘The Longest Line on the Map’ Review: The End of the Road," 8 Jan. 2019 Carpenters’ Hall, a small, elegant Georgian building on Chestnut Street between Third and Fourth Streets, had just opened in 1774 when representatives from the increasingly unsettled colonies convened there for the First Continental Congress. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "New David McCullough history prize aims to remind America it all started here at Carpenters' Hall," 20 June 2018 And when West convened the dream team that helped him bring 2010's epochal My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy into existence, Cudi was a key member. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, "What a Kanye West-Kid Cudi Joint Album Means to Hip-Hop," 30 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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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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