verb (used with object), con·voked, con·vok·ing.

to call together; summon to meet or assemble.

Origin of convoke

1590–1600; (< Middle French convoquer) < Latin convocāre, equivalent to con- con- + vocāre to call
Related formscon·voc·a·tive [kuhn-vok-uh-tiv] /kənˈvɒk ə tɪv/, adjectivecon·vok·er [kuhn-voh-ker] /kənˈvoʊ kər/, con·vo·cant [kon-vuh-kuhnt] /ˈkɒn və kənt/, noun

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

Examples from the Web for convoke

Historical Examples of convoke

  • The Committee was assured that they intended to convoke the electors.

  • It was high time to tell her relatives and mine and convoke a family council.


    Gerhart Hauptmann

  • Malesherbes in those days, and good writers since, held that the only safe plan was to convoke the States-General.

  • Under other conditions it might be the right thing to convoke a conference to be held after the war is over.

  • Convene, which means "to come together," should not be confused with convoke which means "to bring or call together."

    Word Study and English Grammar

    Frederick W. Hamilton

British Dictionary definitions for convoke



(tr) to call (a meeting, assembly, etc) together; summon
Derived Formsconvocative (kənˈvɒkətɪv), adjectiveconvoker, noun

Word Origin for convoke

C16: from Latin convocāre, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for convoke

1590s, from Middle French convoquer (14c.), from Latin convocare "to call together" (see convocation). Related: Convoked; convoking.

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