congress

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 'congress', 'Congress': [ˈkɒŋɡrɛs]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•gress /ˈkɑŋgrɪs/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Government[proper noun;  Congress] the national law-making body of the U.S.: [no article]Congress was not in session when we visited Washington.[the + ~]The Congress won't agree to that plan.
  2. Government[countable] the national law-making body of a nation, esp. of a republic.
  3. [countable] a formal meeting of representatives for discussing a matter of interest.
See -gress-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•gress  (n. konggris;v. kən gres, kəng-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Government(cap.)
    • the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.
    • this body as it exists for a period of two years during which it has the same membership:the 96th Congress.
    • a session of this body:to speak in Congress.
  2. Governmentthe national legislative body of a nation, esp. of a republic.
  3. a formal meeting or assembly of representatives for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest.
  4. the act of coming together;
    an encounter;
    meeting.
  5. an association, esp. one composed of representatives of various organizations.
  6. familiar relations;
    dealings;
    intercourse.
  7. coitus;
    sexual intercourse.

v.i. 
  1. to assemble together;
    meet in congress.
  • Latin congressus assembly, intercourse, meeting, equivalent. to congred(ī) to approach, meet (con- con- + -gredī, combining form of gradī to step; compare grade) + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
  • 1350–1400 for earlier sense "body of attendants, following''; 1520–30 for current senses; Middle English
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conference, council, convention.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

congress /ˈkɒŋɡrɛs/ n
  1. a meeting or conference, esp of representatives of a number of sovereign states
  2. a national legislative assembly
  3. a society or association
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin congressus from congredī to meet with, from com- together + gradī to walk, step



Congress /ˈkɒŋɡrɛs/ n
  1. the bicameral federal legislature of the US, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate

  2. Also called: Congress Party (in India) a major political party, which controlled the Union government from 1947 to 1977

Conˈgressional adj



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