Definition of convoke in US English:



[with object]formal
  • Call together or summon (an assembly or meeting)

    ‘she sent messages convoking a Council of Ministers’
    • ‘Between them, Henry and Wolsey bludgeoned the pope into granting Wolsey the rank of legate a latere for life, which meant that he became the superior ecclesiastical authority in England, and could convoke legatine synods.’
    • ‘He also floated the idea of convoking a Grand National Assembly in order to change the constitution.’
    • ‘It also participated in the first National Assembly of Consumers, convoked by the National Federation of Consumers, which was founded in 1969 under the aegis of the Francoist ‘Movement.’’
    • ‘As everyone keeps saying, elderly popes can surprise us all, as John XXIII did by convoking the reforming Second Vatican Council.’
    • ‘The Assembly voted to suspend the monarchy and convoke a new body elected by manhood suffrage, the Convention, to draw up a republican constitution for the country.’
    • ‘On 23 December 800 Charles convoked a council of prelates and nobles.’
    • ‘Less than a hundred days into his pontificate, the new Pope John XXIII startled most of the world by announcing his intention to convoke an ecumenical council.’
    • ‘He was convoking a secret paramilitary unit called the Third Force.’
    • ‘It would be fitting that the church of Rome seek to convoke our hypothetical ‘pro-existence’ council - but it need not be so.’
    • ‘In the early 1990s, nearly a score of African states responded by lifting restraints on political opposition and convoking competitive elections.’
    • ‘In describing them, Tanner sets the context in which they were convoked and, in passing, describes and defines the nomenclature used in conciliar deliberations.’
    • ‘Several villages contested the payment by taking their case to the parlement, and other villages followed suit by convoking general assemblies, naming syndics to represent their interests, and refusing to pay the full amount.’
    • ‘On June 15 the organization convoked a meeting to which it invited ‘all those who feel concerned about the future of communism.’’
    • ‘This is what happened when the government gave in to the armed forces' demand to convoke a special meeting of the National Security Council.’
    • ‘This is why King Oswy chaired and arbitrated the discussions in Whitby, just as continental rulers habitually convoked and presided over ecclesiastical councils.’
    • ‘There is a serious danger that, given a sufficient concatenation of crises, a full-scale revival of Fascism could be convoked.’
    • ‘At one point, he was inspired to compare this gathering to those convoked by workers' movements a century ago.’
    • ‘There is a serious proposal to convoke, under EU auspices, something like a European version of the Philadelphia convention of 1787.’
    • ‘Unrest forced the military to convoke the Congress elected in 1980 and allow it to choose a new chief executive.’
    • ‘The bishops met in the synods that were convoked from the second century onwards.’
    convene, summon, call together, call
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Late 16th century: from Latin convocare, from con- ‘together’ + vocare ‘call’.