convene

[ kuhn-veen ]
/ kənˈvin /

verb (used without object), con·vened, con·ven·ing.

to come together or assemble, usually for some public purpose.

verb (used with object), con·vened, con·ven·ing.

to cause to assemble; convoke.
to summon to appear, as before a judicial officer.

Nearby words

  1. convective activity,
  2. convective discharge,
  3. convective heat,
  4. convector,
  5. convenance,
  6. convener,
  7. convenience,
  8. convenience food,
  9. convenience store,
  10. conveniences

Origin of convene

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin convenīre to come together, equivalent to con- con- + venīre to come

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British Dictionary definitions for convene

convene

/ (kənˈviːn) /

verb

to gather, call together, or summon, esp for a formal meeting
(tr) to order to appear before a court of law, judge, tribunal, etc

Word Origin for convene

C15: from Latin convenīre to assemble, from venīre to come

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Word Origin and History for convene

convene

v.

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.

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