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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President Nicolás Maduro’s government convened an urgent meeting of 12 technicians in February 2016 at the giant El Guri hydroelectric complex after rolling blackouts had hit Venezuela. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Power Grid Afflicted by Brain Drain, Corruption," 17 Mar. 2019 In fact, by design, the Council—composed mainly of journalism veterans—only convenes when there are disputes, and there have yet to be any. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 But the state legislature convened a special session, passing a bill that would strip incoming Cooper of key powers — including, most notably, his ability to end Republican control over the state election supervision authorities. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 The premier convened a cabinet meeting on Friday at her Chequers country retreat to take another stab at agreeing to a proposal on trade with the EU. BostonGlobe.com, "Rolls Royce adds to Brexit alarm sounded by UK manufacturers," 5 July 2018 As word of Kennedy’s resignation broke, McConnell convened a group of senior Republicans in his office to walk them through his plans to confirm Trump’s nominee this fall. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018 The board first convened back in April under Former Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Board reviewing Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter's death plans to issue findings next month," 28 June 2018 This month a bipartisan panel of Kentucky lawmakers convened to discuss school safety. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Matt Bevin blames school shootings on phones, psychotropic drugs," 26 June 2018 The National Assembly is scheduled to convene a session next month and expected to elect a new president. Fox News, "Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61," 21 Sep. 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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The first known use of convene was in the 15th century

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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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