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"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 considered usual and correct: [C] literary conventions [U] He flouted convention by wearing sneakers with his tuxedo.
grammar [C/U] The accepted rules and practice of spelling, writing, and punctuation are conventions.
  • convention noun (MEETING)

[C] a large meeting of a group of people who are involved in the same type of work or who have similar interests: the Dairy Association’s annual convention a convention of travel agents a Star Trek convention
politics & government [C] A political convention is a meeting of a political party, esp. to choose someone to represent it in an election for a public office: the Democratic/Republican national convention
  • convention noun (AGREEMENT)

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







"convention" in British English

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conventionnoun

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

C1 [C] a large formal meeting of people who do a particular job or have a similar interest, or a large meeting for a political party: the national Democratic convention Where are they holding their party convention?

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  • convention noun (CUSTOM)

C1 [C or U] a usual or accepted way of behaving, especially in social situations, often following an old way of thinking or a custom in one particular society: They defied/flouted/broke with convention by giving up their jobs and becoming self-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 wear black at funerals.
[C] a common way of showing something in art or writing: an artistic convention
  • convention noun (AGREEMENT)

[C] a formal agreement between country leaders, politicians, and states on a matter that involves them all: the Geneva Convention a convention on human rights
(Definition of convention from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"convention" in Business English

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conventionnoun

uk   us   /kənˈvenʃən/
[C] MEETINGS a large, formal meeting of people who work in the same industry or belong to the same organization or profession: a convention of shopping center developershold/host a convention Madrid will host next year's convention.go to/attend a convention Over 2,000 people attended the convention in Philadelphia.
[C] GOVERNMENT an official agreement between governments that makes rules relating 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 business challenges. Unwritten conventions do not have the same value as signed agreements.
(Definition of convention from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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