SKIP TO CONTENT

convene

The verb convene is a somewhat formal way of saying "to bring together for the purpose of a meeting."

Convene is one of those words that lend an air of formality to a situation. We use it in place of the words "call a meeting" for such situations as government assemblages, court hearings, and conferences. Its meaning can be easily seen in its history — it comes from the Latin con-, which means "together," and the verb venīre, "to come." Imagine, if the syllables had just fit the music, the Beatles song "Come Together," might have been called "Convene."

Definitions of convene
  1. verb
    meet formally
    “The council convened last week”
    see moresee less
    types:
    reconvene
    meet or cause to meet again
    sit
    be in session
    type of:
    assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
    collect in one place
  2. verb
    call together
    “The students were convened in the auditorium”
    synonyms: convoke
    see moresee less
    type of:
    summon
    ask to come
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week