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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 convener
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  • I said, "Will you write the convener to that effect, or let me do so?"

  • "Certainly there was no time lost in this case," replied the convener.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • 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
  • Any missionary who had worked in his Presbytery would recognize the convener in the dark by that chuckle.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • The convener was a bit of a heretic himself and, consequently, carried a tender heart toward them.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • The Assembly's convener found him in the midst of an orderly confusion of papers of different sorts.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • "There is a terrible state of things in the eastern division, I fear, from all reports," replied the convener.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for convener


a person who convenes or chairs a meeting, committee, etc, esp one who is specifically elected to do so: a convener of shop stewards
the chairman and civic head of certain Scottish councils Compare provost (sense 3)
Derived Forms
convenership, convenorship, noun


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 convener



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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