- to come together or assemble, usually for some public purpose.
- to cause to assemble; convoke.
- to summon to appear, as before a judicial officer.
Origin of convene
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1. congregate, meet, collect, gather.
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Examples from the Web for convening
The Mossad high command must surely be convening emergency meetings in an atmosphere of tension and heightened alertness.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
For the second year, The Daily Beast is convening the Hero Summit: An Exploration of Courage, Character & Our National Security.Announcing The Daily Beast’s Second Annual Hero Summit
The Daily Beast
September 5, 2013
This week in New York, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women is convening global delegates for its annual meeting.Breaking Through: Innovative Solutions to End Violence Against Women
Kim Azzarelli, Alyse Nelson
March 8, 2013
Awaiting the convening of the grand jury, I trust that justice will be served and healing will begin for all of those affected."Castle Doctrine" Author: Trayvon's Killing Was Not Self-Defense
March 22, 2012
Read Article II, which is, of course, on the executive branch, Section 3, titled “State of the Union, Convening Congress.”Obama’s Congressional Test
August 10, 2011
I had to prepare all the documents, issue orders as to the convening of the court, etc.A Soldier's Life
Edwin G. Rundle
The times for convening these prayer meetings are chiefly two.
He at once set about in convening a meeting of all the Indians in England.Chitta Ranjan
Sukumar Ranjan Das
He encouraged me to attend the mela which was convening in January, 1894 at Allahabad.Autobiography of a YOGI
In the convening of a Parliament he had given the people a voice.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century
- to gather, call together, or summon, esp for a formal meeting
- (tr) to order to appear before a court of law, judge, tribunal, etc
C15: from Latin convenīre to assemble, from venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for convening
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