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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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 Unlike in years past, when groups of ‘stoners’ and marijuana enthusiasts convened somewhat surreptitiously on Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill, a formal event is being organized in park. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "How California Is Prepping for an Especially Festive 4/20—Its First Since Legalizing Weed," 19 Apr. 2018 Visitors to the Reichstag, where the German parliament convenes, must show their passports for entry (in addition to reserving in advance). Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 The leader cut short a trip to return to the capital and convene with the government’s top security officials. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Car Bomb at Colombian Police Academy Kills 21," 18 Jan. 2019 The politics Musk's talk on Friday comes less than a week before Vice President Mike Pence convenes the first meeting of the National Space Council in Virginia. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course," 18 Sep. 2018 The government has convened a group of 21 businesses and organizations to draw up a road map that will transform the flying car from sci-fi fantasy to traffic-crushing reality, Bloomberg reports. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Japan Is Asking Some Major Companies to Make Flying Cars Real," 24 Aug. 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 \
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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