Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To come together usually for an official or public purpose; assemble formally.
  • transitive v. To cause to come together formally; convoke: convene a special session of Congress. See Synonyms at call.
  • transitive v. To summon to appear, as before a tribunal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. : To come together; to meet; to unite.
  • v. : To come together, as in one body or for a public purpose; to meet; to assemble.
  • v. : To cause to assemble; to call together; to convoke.
  • v. : To summon judicially to meet or appear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To come together; to meet; to unite.
  • intransitive v. To come together, as in one body or for a public purpose; to meet; to assemble.
  • transitive v. To cause to assemble; to call together; to convoke.
  • transitive v. To summon judicially to meet or appear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come together; meet; unite: said of things.
  • To come together; meet in the same place; assemble, as persons, usually for some public purpose or the promotion of some common interest: as, the legislature will convene in January; the citizens convened in the city hall.
  • Synonyms To congregate, muster, gather.
  • To cause to assemble; call together; convoke.
  • To summon to appear, as before a public (especially a judicial) officer or an official body.
  • In civil law, to sue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. meet formally
  • v. call together

Etymologies

Middle English convenen, from Old French convenir, from Latin convenīre : com-, com- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin convenire; con- + venire (to come). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Next week, First Ministers will again convene in Ottawa to negotiate a strengthening of the Equalization Program and the fundamental principle of equity and fairness.

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  • For the information professional, there comes a change from having the power to inform to one of being able to "convene" - take action.

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  • We have only a few just before court convene, which is twice a year.

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  • When the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) convene, which is likely to be some six months after Johnson has left Boro, they take into account a variety of factors.

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  • She is about to convene a kangaroo court where the House of Bishops will depose a standing bishop without a trial, and without all members of the House voting.

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  • The word _coven_ is a derivative of 'convene', and is variously spelt

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  • Aside from the questionable right of anyone in particular to "convene" this highly decentralized movement, a $549 registration fee has raised hackles in many circles, and it's not clear how legitimate the Nashville gathering-denounced this week by the highly influential RedState founder Erick Erickson as "scammy" - will turn out to be.

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  • But "he has latterly intimated to one or two of his confidants that he would like his present role to evolve so that once he inherits the crown, his knowledge and experience, his contacts and his unique ability to 'convene' others in the national interest could be put to good use rather than go to waste".

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  • [12] but that provision only grants the President a power to "convene" the two houses (or either of them); it does not expressly grant a power to keep them in session once they have met, particularly if in the Senate's own judgment it has fairly considered the President's business.

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  • Then he said, “All right, if we let the Shah come in here, and if they take our people hostage, as some of our advisers are warning us, and I convene this group again a month from now, what is your advice going to be?”

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