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.

Origin of convene

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin convenīre to come together, equivalent to con- con- + venīre to come
Related formscon·ven·a·ble, adjectivecon·ven·a·bly, adverbcon·ven·er, con·ve·nor, nounre·con·vene, verb, re·con·vened, re·con·ven·ing.un·con·ven·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·vened, adjectiveun·con·ven·ing, adjective

Synonyms for convene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convener

Contemporary Examples of convener

  • Petersen was a convener of people, known on multiple continents as a careful thinker, dynamic speaker, and dapper dresser.

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    Alexandros Petersen, 1984-2014

    Josh Rogin

    January 22, 2014

Historical Examples of convener

  • 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

  • The Convener was a bit of a heretic himself and, consequently, carried a tender heart toward them.

    The Doctor

    Ralph Connor

  • Any missionary who had worked in his Presbytery would recognize the Convener in the dark by that chuckle.

    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 soa convener of shop stewards
the chairman and civic head of certain Scottish councilsCompare provost (def. 3)
Derived Formsconvenership or convenorship, noun



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 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.

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