[ kuhn-veen ]
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verb (used without object),con·vened, con·ven·ing.
  1. to come together or assemble, usually for some public purpose.

verb (used with object),con·vened, con·ven·ing.
  1. to cause to assemble; convoke.

  2. 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

Other words for convene

Other words from convene

  • con·ven·a·ble, adjective
  • con·ven·a·bly, adverb
  • con·ven·er, con·ve·nor, noun
  • re·con·vene, verb, re·con·vened, re·con·ven·ing.
  • un·con·ven·a·ble, adjective
  • un·con·vened, adjective
  • un·con·ven·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use convene in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for convene


/ (kənˈviːn) /

  1. to gather, call together, or summon, esp for a formal meeting

  2. (tr) to order to appear before a court of law, judge, tribunal, etc

Origin of convene

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

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