- 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 convener
Petersen was a convener of people, known on multiple continents as a careful thinker, dynamic speaker, and dapper dresser.Alexandros Petersen, 1984-2014
January 22, 2014
I said, "Will you write the Convener to that effect, or let me do so?"The Story of John G. Paton
"Certainly there was no time lost in this case," replied the Convener.
He repeated the passage, halting at the speech of the convener of the trades, but was evidently vexed at the temporary breakdown.Hugh Miller
William Keith Leask
The Convener was a bit of a heretic himself and, consequently, carried a tender heart toward them.
Any missionary who had worked in his Presbytery would recognize the Convener in the dark by that chuckle.
- a person who convenes or chairs a meeting, committee, etc, esp one who is specifically elected to do soa convener of shop stewards
- the chairman and civic head of certain Scottish councilsCompare provost (def. 3)
- 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 convener
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