Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To cause to assemble in a meeting; convene. See Synonyms at call.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To convene, to cause to assemble for a meeting.
  • v. To call together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To call together; to summon to meet; to assemble by summons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call together; summon to meet; assemble by summons.
  • To call or draw in by claim or demand; appropriate as a right or power; claim as appertaining.
  • = Syn. 1. Invite, Summon, etc. See call.

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

  • v. call together

Etymologies

French convoquer, from Old French, from Latin convocāre : com-, com- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin convocare, from con- ("with") + vocō ("to call") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • BUENOS AIRES—Moves by Hugo Moyano, the powerful boss of the national truckers union, to convoke, and then suddenly cancel, a national transportation strike, represent an unmistakable warning to the government of President Cristina Kirchner, analysts said.

    Argentina Unions Call Off Strike

  • In his decision to convoke the Council, Pope John XXIII had wished the Church to be prepared for the new world that was emerging in the aftermath of the disastrous events of the Second World War.

    Archbishop Ranjith's Foreword to "True Development of the Liturgy"

  • The result is a rare demonstration of the theater's power to convoke and communicate; I left the play feeling that no amount of material encroachment could stifle humanity.

    Eamon Murphy: Theater Review: Jerusalem

  • Second, there had never been a single leader, a paraibo, with the power to convoke the whole tribe.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • That would be a great selling-point to the state legislatures for a demand to convoke a constitutional convention.

    Obamacare and the states

  • We call for the immediate return to democratic institutions, to convoke an extraordinary session of the General Assembly (GA), to defend institutions in Honduras.

    Laura Carlsen: Live Blog: OAS Session on Honduran Coup

  • He went through the conflicts leading up to the coup, particularly the decision to consult the population on voting in November elections on whether to convoke a Constitutional Assembly and noted that his Law of Citizen Participation gave the people the power to be consulted on major decisions and was a critical step to "pass from a representative democracy to a participatory democracy."

    Laura Carlsen: Zelaya Tells Mexicans Obama Can Turn Back Coup "In Five Minutes"

  • “Are you in accord that in the general elections of November 2009 there be included a fourth ballot in which the people decide whether to convoke a National Constituent Assembly?”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Release the Koh Memorandum on Honduras

  • She asked Mr. Arias to convoke the presidents of Central American countries, the Organization of American States as well as the United Nations Security Council to apply all due pressures on Honduras to bring Mr. Zelaya back to the presidential palace.

    Prospects Look Dim for Honduras Plan

  • The Duke also, after consulting with his council, agreed to convoke meetings of the States in his different territories, to dress certain popular grievances, and grant some boons which he had hitherto denied; and thus began to open a new account of popularity with his subjects, in place of that which his rashness had exhausted.

    Anne of Geierstein

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