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"convention" in British English

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conventionnoun

uk   us   /kənˈven.ʃən/
  • convention noun (MEETING)

C1 [C] a ​largeformalmeeting of ​people who do a ​particularjob or have a ​similarinterest, or a ​largemeeting for a ​politicalparty: the ​national Democratic convention Where are they holdingtheirparty convention?

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  • convention noun (CUSTOM)

C1 [C or U] a ​usual or ​accepted way of ​behaving, ​especially in ​socialsituations, often ​following an ​old way of ​thinking or a ​custom in one ​particularsociety: They defied/​flouted/​broke with convention by giving up ​theirjobs and ​becomingself-sufficient. Convention dictates that it is the man who ​asks the woman to ​marry him and not the other way round. In many ​countries it is the/a convention to ​wearblack at ​funerals. [C] a ​common way of ​showing something in ​art or writing: an ​artistic convention
  • convention noun (AGREEMENT)

[C] a ​formalagreement between ​countryleaders, ​politicians, and ​states on a ​matter that ​involves them all: the Geneva Convention a convention onhumanrights
(Definition of convention from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"convention" in American English

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conventionnoun

 us   /kənˈven·ʃən/
  • convention noun (CUSTOM)

[C/U] a way of doing something or ​appearing that is ​consideredusual and ​correct: [C] literary conventions [U] He ​flouted convention by ​wearingsneakers with his ​tuxedo. grammar [C/U] The ​acceptedrules and ​practice of ​spelling, writing, and ​punctuation are conventions.
  • convention noun (MEETING)

[C] a ​largemeeting of a ​group of ​people who are ​involved in the same ​type of ​work or who have ​similarinterests: the Dairy Association’s ​annual convention a convention of ​travelagents a ​Star Trek convention politics & government [C] A ​political convention is a ​meeting of a ​politicalparty, esp. to ​choose someone to ​represent it in an ​election for a ​publicoffice: the ​Democratic/​Republicannational convention
  • convention noun (AGREEMENT)

politics & government, world history [C] a ​formalagreement between ​countries: the Geneva Conventions the ​UnitedNations Conventions on the Law of the Sea
(Definition of convention from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"convention" in Business English

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conventionnoun

uk   us   /kənˈvenʃən/
[C] MEETINGS a large, ​formalmeeting of ​people who ​work in the same ​industry or belong to the same ​organization or ​profession: a convention of ​shoppingcenterdevelopershold/host a convention Madrid will ​host next year's convention.go to/attend a convention Over 2,000 ​peopleattended the convention in Philadelphia.
[C] GOVERNMENT an ​officialagreement between ​governments that makes ​rulesrelating to a particular ​activity: convention on sth the ​European Convention on Human Rightssign/ratify a convention One hundred and twenty countries ​signed a convention ​banning the use of the ​pesticides.
[C or U] the ​accepted or traditional ​method of doing something, or an ​example of doing something in the traditional way: Bureaucracy and ​corporate convention can be an obstacle when facing new ​businesschallenges. Unwritten conventions do not have the same ​value as ​signedagreements.
(Definition of convention from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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