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[kuh n-veen] /kənˈvin/
verb (used without object), convened, convening.
to come together or assemble, usually for some public purpose.
verb (used with object), convened, convening.
to cause to assemble; convoke.
to summon to appear, as before a judicial officer.
Origin of convene
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin convenīre to come together, equivalent to con- con- + venīre to come
Related forms
convenable, adjective
convenably, adverb
convener, convenor, noun
reconvene, verb, reconvened, reconvening.
unconvenable, adjective
unconvened, adjective
unconvening, adjective
1. congregate, meet, collect, gather. Unabridged
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  • convene administrators, and tales of lazy, irresponsible faculty members soon erupt.
  • Students can watch from their dorm rooms or convene in one of the other locations.
  • It falls to him to convene a tribunal and examine the suspects.
  • Most importantly, they decided to convene the first session of the new parliament two days before the anniversary.
  • He'll actually go door to door, or convene a group of neighbors, to find out what's important to them.
  • If such a request was made, a judge would convene a brief trial on the subject and hear both sides.
  • But there are also channels where far-flung relatives convene conference calls.
British Dictionary definitions for convene


to gather, call together, or summon, esp for a formal meeting
(transitive) to order to appear before a court of law, judge, tribunal, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin convenīre to assemble, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for convene

early 15c., from Middle French convenir "to suit, agree," from Latin convenire "unite, be suitable, agree, assemble," from com- "together" (see com-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Related: Convened; convener; convening.

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