- to come together or assemble, usually for some public purpose.
- to cause to assemble; convoke.
- to summon to appear, as before a judicial officer.
Origin of convene
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1. congregate, meet, collect, gather.
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Examples from the Web for convene
He also should convene his Cabinet heads and ask them what else they can do to boost participation.How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy
April 18, 2014
Everyone knows that in Washington, when you want an issue to go away, convene a panel.A Bipartisan Path to Fixing America’s Broken Elections
January 24, 2014
The first Syria peace talks in over a year will convene next week in Geneva with some opposition participation.Syrian Opposition To Attend Peace Talks, But Don’t Expect A Truce
January 18, 2014
They all convene at the Weston family home, and over the next several days, a series of ghosts come out of the closet.Julia Roberts Is Back With a Vengeance in ‘August: Osage County’
September 10, 2013
There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race.Full Remarks by President Obama on Trayvon Martin
The Daily Beast
July 19, 2013
The Board of Inquiry is to convene at that hour, and I must be present to address them.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
"Court will convene next month," Morgan reminded him by way of cheer.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
Don't you think we had better put our wraps away and convene?Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College
Jessie Graham Flower
There was scarcely a place which did not convene its assembly.
To-night, when the fires are lit, we will convene a court and try him.A Woman at Bay
- to gather, call together, or summon, esp for a formal meeting
- (tr) to order to appear before a court of law, judge, tribunal, etc
C15: from Latin convenīre to assemble, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for convene
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