- 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.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of congress
OTHER WORDS FROM congresspre-Congress, noun
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Pauli wrote to Jung reporting a dream he had about a physics congress with many participants.The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung - Issue 93: Forerunners|Paul Halpern|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
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.
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Derived forms of CongressCongressional, adjective
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.