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From Middle French convenir, from Latin convenire; con- + venire (to come).


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒn.vɪin/, /kənˈvɪin/ (UK)


convene ‎(third-person singular simple present convenes, present participle convening, simple past and past participle convened)

  1. (intransitive) To come together; to meet; to unite.
    • Isaac Newton
      In short-sighted men [] the rays converge and convene in the eyes before they come at the bottom.
  2. (intransitive) To come together, as in one body or for a public purpose; to meet; to assemble.
    • Sir R. Baker
      The Parliament of Scotland now convened.
    • Thomson
      Faint, underneath, the household fowls convene.
  3. (transitive) To cause to assemble; to call together; to convoke.
  4. (transitive) To summon judicially to meet or appear.


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