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as in: to convene Define
a large conference or meeting
  • They came out at a medical convention in Philadelphia

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  • She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
  • Hotel rooms are expensive that week because so many people are attending a big convention.

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as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
  • I do so hate these conventional phrases that everybody uses, don’t you?
  • She spoke with scorn of the other inhabitants of the apartment-house, who were "so prosaic, so conventional, that they never came up to this darling hideyplace."

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  • He who ridiculed conventional honor had the honor, as he had the pride, of a savage old squire.
  • During Martin’s minute original research, Gottlieb rejoiced in his willingness to abandon conventional—and convenient—theories of immunology and in the exasperated carefulness with which he checked results.
  • And as natural, as conventional, as youthfully gauche, as eternally beautiful and authentic as those ancient sounds was the talk of Martin and Leora in that passionate half-hour when each found in the other a part of his own self, always vaguely missed, discovered now with astonished joy.
  • Suddenly she babbled, "I know there’s lots of conventional people that would say we’d done wrong, and perhaps I’d have thought so, one time, but— Oh, I’m terribly glad I’m liberal!
  • Mrs. Pickerbaugh sighed: "I suppose it would be dreadfully conventional to call them My Jewels—I do so hate these conventional phrases that everybody uses, don’t you?—but that’s what they really are to their mother, and the Doctor and I have sometimes wished— Of course when we’d started giving them floral names we had to keep it up, but if we’d started with jewels, just think of all the darling names we might have used, like Agate and Cameo and Sardonyx and Beryl and Topaz and Opal andů

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  • It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
  • In most countries, the convention is to shake the head to indicate "no", but in Bulgaria that indicates "yes".

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  • He returned from the state convention of the Modern Woodmen of America with notions.
  • What do I care how much Pickerbaugh gases before conventions of Sunday School superintendents and other morons, as long as he lets me do my work in the lab and dairy inspection?

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  • And in a great convention at Waterloo he had helped organize the first regiment in Iowa of the Anti-rum Minute Men.
  • With all his Weeks, Pickerbaugh had time to preside over the Program Committee of the State Convention of Health Officers and Agencies.
  • That was when I was in Zenith to address the national convention of Congregational Sunday-schools, I happen to be a Congregationalist myself, on ’The Morality of A1 Health.’
  • Several towns had sent boosting delegations to the convention, and the village of Groningen had turned out a motor procession of five cars, each with an enormous pennant, "Groningen for White Men and Black Dirt."
  • It chanced that the Fraternal Order of Eagles were holding a state convention at Burlington that week, and Pickerbaugh telegraphed to them: Just mention fly-prevention At the good old Eagles’ convention.
  • It chanced that the Fraternal Order of Eagles were holding a state convention at Burlington that week, and Pickerbaugh telegraphed to them: Just mention fly-prevention At the good old Eagles’ convention.
  • Dr. Feesons of Clinton wrote to Pickerbaugh: I figure it was largely due to your snappy come-on letter that we pulled such an attendance and with all modesty I think we may say it was the best health convention ever held in the world.

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as in: to convene Define
a large conference or meeting
as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
as in: The Geneva Convention Define
a written international agreement
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