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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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Examples from the web for reconvene
  • It is unclear whether the commission's six members will all agree to reconvene.
  • Otherwise, he'd have gone back on the market and his dept would have had to reconvene a committee for another hiring process.
  • She now wants the panel to reconvene so it can follow the proper procedure, but the government maintains that the work is done.
  • reconvene as a group and ask students to share their findings.
  • These cliff-dwelling baboons disperse to forage during the day and reconvene in much smaller groups at night.
  • He left town with a new set of issues for his rivals to use against him when they reconvene next week for another debate.
  • It's cool to reconvene afterwards and see what diverse conclusions were made by the various groups.
  • Counter said, the companies ended the talks with no plans to reconvene.
  • Burke said she would reconvene the state panel that investigated the fire.
  • Whether he is learning fast enough to have a chance to apply these skills in a second term-well, we'll reconvene next year.
British Dictionary definitions for reconvene


to gather, call together, or summon again, esp for a formal meeting


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 reconvene

1640s, from re- + convene and from Medieval Latin reconvenire. Related: Reconvened; reconvening; reconvention.



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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