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Borrowed from Middle French convoquer, from Latin convocare, from con- (with) + vocō (to call). Doublet of convocate.


  • IPA(key): /kənˈvoʊk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊk


convoke (third-person singular simple present convokes, present participle convoking, simple past and past participle convoked)

  1. (transitive) To convene, to cause to assemble for a meeting.
    • 1827, Lydia Sigourney, Poems, Winter, page 125:
      Hail thou,—of leisure sweet the sire!—
      Who, round the bright, domestic fire,
      Dost link fond hearts in strongest ties,
      And kindle hopes, and mingle sighs,
      Or 'neath the taper's glancing light
      Convoke the banquet's festive rite.
    • 2001, David L. Lieber, Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, page 111:
      The dream makes such an impression on the king that he convokes his council of state, whose members are thoroughly alarmed by his report.
  2. To call together.

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