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 According to the new announcement, the board will not convene again. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Biden administration scraps human fetal tissue research restrictions," 16 Apr. 2021 The Latino Network will convene at least six speakers Thursday to outline accusation that officials have failed to tear down barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations for the Latinx community. oregonlive, "Latino Network blasts state for failing to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine," 14 Apr. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will convene its vaccine advisory committee on Wednesday to look into the possible link between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and blood clots. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be paused in U.S. after 'extremely rare' blood clots, FDA and CDC say," 13 Apr. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will convene an advisory committee Wednesday to conduct a complete review of the cases and has recommended that the J&J vaccine not be used while the review is pending. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana scrambles after feds pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout. Here's what's next.," 13 Apr. 2021 This weekend, Jews around the world will convene for the Seder, many gathering on Zoom., "A Passover cocktail that packs a punch," 23 Mar. 2021 Asian American lawmakers, activists and professors will convene on Capitol Hill today to call attention to the disturbing rise of discrimination and violence against members of the Asian American community. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Biden jolts filibuster debate as voting rights clashes approach: The Note," 18 Mar. 2021 The House of Representatives did not convene on March 4 after Capitol Police unearthed chatter among conspiracy theorists who believed Trump would be reinaugurated that day and planned to come to the Capitol. Washington Post, "U.S. Capitol Police to begin removing Capitol fencing, saying no ‘known credible threats’," 15 Mar. 2021 Tech leaders and real estate, venue owners and operators, and even artists should convene, collaborate and champion technology initiatives that aim to deliver superior experiences in a post-pandemic future. Michael Polk, Rolling Stone, "How Technology Could Transform Venue-Based Properties and Spaces Through Engaging Experiences," 12 Mar. 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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The first known use of convene was in the 15th century

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22 Apr 2021

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“Convene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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