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 convene (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The four-part program will convene industry leaders, who are driving innovative and meaningful change as businesses recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 If an order takes effect, legislative leaders will convene a committee to discuss whether the order should be extended and to gather input from the public. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 The judiciary committee will convene again on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 to review the evidence and receive a briefing from Davis Polk & Wardwell, the law firm conducting the impeachment investigation. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Participants will convene for a BBQ lunch at the Black Dog Bar and Grille in Putnam., 6 Aug. 2021 The General Assembly will convene a special legislative session on Aug. 2 to take up this proposal and other plans for the roughly $4.3 billion in coronavirus relief funding made available to Virginia as its share of the rescue plan. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 The court will convene on Aug. 2 to determine a sentence, which could be between 24 and 30 years. Marlon GonzÁlez, ajc, 5 July 2021 As Western states weather a record-shattering heat wave, President Joe Biden will convene a meeting Wednesday of governors, private sector partners and Cabinet officials to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 The Americans — bidding for a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal — will convene for training camp in Las Vegas on July 6. Katie Mcinerney,, 23 June 2021

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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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