Definition of congress in English:

congress

Line breaks: con|gress
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒŋgrɛs
 
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noun

1A formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion between delegates, especially those from a political party, trade union, or from within a particular sphere of activity: an international congress of mathematicians
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  • In the past, disputes at Green party congresses were often vehement and passionate, although usually conducted on a very low level.
  • At the same time, the party congress was instructive in exposing the political background of the latest round of anti-foreigner and German nationalist agitation.
  • Hundreds of psychologists from all over the world attend our annual conventions, and hundreds of U.S. psychologists attend international congresses and other overseas meetings each year.
Synonyms
2 (Congress) A national legislative body, especially that of the US. The US Congress, which meets at the Capitol in Washington DC, was established by the Constitution of 1787 and is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives: legislative power is held by a 72-member National Congress changes in taxation required the approval of Congress
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  • As you know, I have spend most of week up on Capitol Hill covering the Congress.
  • She could get seven years and says she plans to take her case to the United Nations and the U.S. Congress.
  • The Congress of the United States and the president of the United States unite.
Synonyms
legislature, legislative assembly, parliament, convocation, diet, council, senate, chamber, chamber of deputies, house; upper house, lower house, upper chamber, lower chamber, second chamber
3(Often in names) a political society or organization.
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  • Her next job was at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, as a Child Health Coordinator.
  • The National Congress of Indians provides national leadership on issues facing tribal communities throughout the United States.
  • The Congress of Neurological Surgeons exists to enhance health and improve lives worldwide through the advancement of education and scientific exchange.
4 [mass noun] The action of coming together: sexual congress
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  • Violent husbands offer excuses that range from the wife not doing housework, her frequent visits to her parents' home, or refusing the husband's request for sexual congress.
  • The dictionary says that ‘tupping’ describes what rams do to ewes but I first came across it being used in relation to human sexual congress.
  • While society has thankfully moved on from the ignorant days when homosexuality was a crime, it is still against the law to indulge in any kind of sexual congress in a public place, and quite rightly so.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting an encounter during battle): from Latin congressus, from congredi 'meet', from con- 'together' + gradi 'walk'.

Derivatives

congressional

Pronunciation: /kənˈgrɛʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
adjective
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  • As he made himself senator for life, he enjoys senatorial congressional immunity.
  • The overall effect of the congressional tax legislation would be extraordinarily regressive.
  • In the next cycle the focus will be on congressional and state legislature races.

congressionally

adverb
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  • For this year alone, the federal government has allocated nearly $30 billion for everything from the congressionally mandated overhaul of airport security to hacker-proofing software for government computers.
  • The congressionally chartered Institute of Medicine is holding a public meeting today to begin an FDA-requested study of its safety procedures, and Congress is considering bills that would more aggressively address drug safety.
  • And now that second label has been applied to a congressionally created commission split absolutely evenly between the two parties, and chaired by a Republican ex-governor selected by the White House itself.

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