(initial capital letter)
the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.
this body as it exists for a period of two years during which it has the same membership: the Ninety-Seventh Congress.
a session of this body: to speak in Congress.
the national legislative body of a nation, especially of a republic.
a formal meeting or assembly of representatives for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest.
an association, especially one composed of representatives of various organizations.
to assemble together; meet in congress.
- pre-Congress, noun
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How to use congress in a sentence
For eight years, the US Library of congress took it upon itself to maintain a public record of all tweets, but it stopped in 2018, instead selecting only a small number of accounts’ posts to capture.Twitter’s potential collapse could wipe out vast records of recent human history | Chris Stokel-Walker | November 11, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
Back in 2008, they transformed the NATO Bucharest Summit into a congress of Vienna look-alike.The Global System Has Failed. Ukraine Is Showing the World How to Build A Better One | Andriy Yermak | April 29, 2022 | Time
The Library was formerly the Library of congress, but it long since has evolved from information in books to complex computer files.How Metaverse could change the way people work and live | James Heskett | December 3, 2021 | Quartz
This is an expensive, time-consuming process that Kazansky knows well, as he and his team have spent years working with the Library of congress to address this issue.How to store 500 terabytes of data on a small but tough glass disc | Shira Feder | November 6, 2021 | Popular-Science
I am a food historian and recently spent a month at the Library of congress trying to answer the question of why we have historically been—and remain—so focused on dietary protein.
Historically the reelection rate for members of congress is in the area of 95 percent.
The breakdown of the 114th congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.
With all that said, representation of each of these respective communities has increased in the new congress.
This congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.
How far has congress really evolved on race when in 50 years it has gone from one black senator to two?
In nine days he returned, bringing us the thanks of congress, and fresh orders.
He was a member of the first provincial congress, and eighteen years lieutenant governor of the state of New York.
Our army, under the command of General Houston, was in front of Harrisburg, to which place the congress had retreated.
congress declared the authority of England over the thirteen colonies abolished.
During the revolutionary war he was commissary-general to the Pennsylvania division, and printer to congress.
British Dictionary definitions for congress (1 of 2)
a meeting or conference, esp of representatives of a number of sovereign states
a national legislative assembly
a society or association
British Dictionary definitions for Congress (2 of 2)
the bicameral federal legislature of the US, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate
this body during any two-year term
Also called: Congress Party (in India) a major political party, which controlled the Union government from 1947 to 1977: Official name: Indian National Congress
- Congressional, adjective
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Cultural definitions for Congress
The legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Popularly elected, senators and representatives are responsible for advocating the interests of the constituents they represent. Numerous congressional committees are organized to study issues of public policy, recommend action, and, ultimately, pass laws. Congress plays an important role in the system of checks and balances; in fact, the two-house (bicameral) organization of Congress acts as an internal check, for each house must separately vote to pass a bill for it to become a law. In addition to lawmaking, Congress has a variety of functions, including appropriation of funds for executive and judicial activities; instituting taxes and regulating commerce; declaring war and raising and supporting a military; setting up federal courts and conducting impeachment proceedings; and approving presidential appointments.
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