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

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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 On Monday, more than 150 years after this momentous event, lawmakers convened at the Annapolis state capitol to unveil bronze statues honoring abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, both of whom were born into slavery in Maryland. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass Honored With Statues in Maryland State House," 13 Feb. 2020 Lawmakers convene in Montgomery at noon for what is normally a short first day. Mike Cason |, al, "Wife, daughter of slain Lowndes sheriff among Ivey’s guests for state of the state," 4 Feb. 2020 The Oregon Chardonnay Celebration is your opportunity to find out why as over 50 wineries convene at The Allison Inn & Spa for a seminar and grand tasting. Michael Alberty, oregonlive, "8 great February Oregon wine events to help leap into spring," 27 Jan. 2020 Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John Trump has convened at 1 P.M., the proceedings have opened with a prayer by the Senate chaplain, Barry Black, pitched to the tenor of the day. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Closing of the Senatorial Mind," 25 Jan. 2020 Members of the group, which first convened at a summit in Belfast at the end of 2018, have taken their message to medical and public health associations over the past year and plan to step up their efforts in 2020 to bring attention to the issue. Robert Weisman,, "Researchers, health officials call for a unified approach to loneliness and social isolation," 20 Jan. 2020 The Good Food Awards’ 10th annual celebration of American food and beverage artisans convened Friday night at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. Janelle Bitker,, "California beer, cheese, pickles win big at annual Good Food Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Just weeks after 17 students and faculty were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, a group of Parkland students and other teen gun violence activists from all across the country convened at Teen Vogue’s offices in New York. Allegra Kirkland, Teen Vogue, "Teen Vogue's 10 Most Powerful Stories About Gun Violence This Decade," 3 Jan. 2020 The rest — players from western states who went home during the three-and-a-half day break — arrived separately and convened at Notre Dame Prep, where the Buckeyes are practicing this week. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football came to Fiesta Bowl at ‘full strength’ to begin week of prep for Clemson," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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