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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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  • He was therefore arrested, brought before a magistrate, charged with convening an illegal assembly, and committed for trial.

  • He at once set about in convening a meeting of all the Indians in England.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • The party of Order provoked the Mountain immediately upon the convening of the assembly.

  • He encouraged me to attend the mela which was convening in January, 1894 at Allahabad.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Switzerland was contemplating something similar, and had thought of convening a congress at Berne.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs William II, German Emperor
British Dictionary definitions for convening


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 convening



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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