con·​voke | \ kən-ˈvōk How to pronounce convoke (audio) \
convoked; convoking

Definition of convoke

transitive verb

: to call together to a meeting

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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

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The Latin noun vox ("voice") and verb "vocare" ("to call") have given rise to many English words including "convoke." Other English descendants of those roots are usually spelled with "voc" or "vok" and have to do with speaking or calling. Thus a "vocation" is a special calling to a type of work; an "evocative" sight or smell calls forth memories and feelings; and a "vocal" ensemble is a singing group. "Provoke," "irrevocable," "equivocate," and "vociferous" are a few of the other descendants of "vox" and "vocare."

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The assembly was convoked for a special session. They convoked a meeting of the delegates.
Recent Examples on the Web Late Friday, politicians both for and against Morales reached an agreement to send to congress a bill to convoke a new presidential election. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2019 Colombian President Ivan Duque convoked the summit to enhance cooperation that began with the 1978 signing of a treaty by eight Amazon nations but which has stalled even as threats from climate change and unchecked development have increased. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 Demonstrators are demanding new elections, but Maduro has vowed instead to resolve the crisis by convoking a special assembly to rewrite the constitution. Washington Post, 30 June 2017 Maduro has vowed to resolve his nation’s crisis by convoking a special assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. Christine Armario, The Seattle Times, 18 May 2017 Maduro has vowed to resolve his nation's crisis by convoking a special assembly to rewrite Venezuela's constitution. Fox News, 18 May 2017 Maduro has vowed to resolve the crisis by convoking a special assembly to rewrite the nation’s constitution, a proposition that has further infuriated the opposition. Washington Post, 12 May 2017 Luis Emilio Rondon, one of five members of the electoral council and the only one who in the past has sided with opposition initiatives, said Maduro's decree alone was not enough to convoke a constitutional assembly. Hannah Dreier And Joshua Goodman,, 3 May 2017 Ortega Diaz, who was long a government loyalist, has repeatedly challenged Maduro’s request to convoke a constitutional assembly. Washington Post, 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of convoke

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convoke

Middle French convoquer, from Latin convocare, from com- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice

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“Convoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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: to call a group of people to a formal meeting or convocation

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