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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Jumping forward many years, O’Reilly tells us about convening a small summit of tech honchos, which quite literally named open source software. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O‘Reilly discusses the birth of “open source”," 1 Aug. 2018 The Met Ball or Met Gala is the fashion world equivalent of the Oscars, an evening when designers, models, and Hollywood stars convene in the year’s most over-the-top looks. Maria Ward, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Explains the Significance of the Met Gala," 5 May 2019 Missouri lawmakers are set to lay out the framework for the special session convened last week to consider whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri lawmakers have a plan for special session. It mostly ignores Greitens’ ideas | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Every March, some of the world's best superyachts convene here for an exclusive boat race known as the Bucket Regatta, and this year Loro Piana's boat My Song was a competitor. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Superyachts and Celebrities Invade St. Bart's For the Annual Boat Race," 26 Mar. 2019 Chaplain Barry Black intoned as the Senate convened. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans," 22 Jan. 2019 The Senate convened briefly Thursday afternoon before adjourning until Monday, Dec. 31, the latest sign that lawmakers don’t expect to reach an agreement to end the shutdown this year. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Partial Government Shutdown Likely to Stretch Into January," 27 Dec. 2018 But the Senate only convenes with a skeletal staff with most senators only returning once or twice a week to cast roll call votes. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Republicans may have won the optics war on Congress' summer recess fight," 9 June 2018 The Senate convened Monday to send the House’s two-year, $115 billion spending plan to the Finance Committee. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Va. Senate Democrats’ leader threatens ‘nuclear option’ on Medicaid," 15 May 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 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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