What does congress mean?

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ˈkɒŋ grɪs; kənˈgrɛs, kəŋ-con·gress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Congress, United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congressnoun

    the legislature of the United States government

  2. congressnoun

    a meeting of elected or appointed representatives

  3. congressnoun

    a national legislative assembly

  4. sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledgenoun

    the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur

Wiktionary

  1. congressnoun

    A coming-together of two or more people; a meeting.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  2. congressnoun

    A formal gathering or assembly; a conference held to discuss or decide on a specific question.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  3. congressnoun

    (often capitalized: Congress) A legislative body of a state, originally the bicameral legislature of the United States of America.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  4. congressnoun

    An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups.

    The National Congress of American Indians

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  5. congressnoun

    Sexual intercourse.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  6. Congressnoun

    The two legislative bodies of the United States: the House of Representatives, and the Senate.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  7. Congressnoun

    A two-year session of these bodies, commencing after a Federal election and ending before the next one.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  8. congressnoun

    Plural form of congressman.

  9. congressnoun

    Plural form of congresswoman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congressnoun

    a meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter

  2. Congressnoun

    a sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; -- said of things

  3. Congressnoun

    the coming together of a male and female in sexual commerce; the act of coition

  4. Congressnoun

    a gathering or assembly; a conference

  5. Congressnoun

    a formal assembly, as of princes, deputies, representatives, envoys, or commissioners; esp., a meeting of the representatives of several governments or societies to consider and determine matters of common interest

  6. Congressnoun

    the collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation, esp. of a republic, constituting the chief legislative body of the nation

  7. Congressnoun

    the lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the members of which are elected for three years

Freebase

  1. Congress

    A congress is a formal meeting of the representatives of different nations, constituent states, independent organizations, or groups. The term was chosen for the United States Congress to emphasize the status of each state represented there as a self-governing unit. Subsequent to the use of congress by the U.S. legislature, the term has been adopted by many states within unions, and by unitary nation-states in the Americas, to refer to their legislatures. Relationships in congress have historically proven to be controversial in any country, with a prime example transpiring in recent years between U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Congress

    kong′gres, n. a meeting together or assembly, as of ambassadors, &c., for political purposes: the federal legislature of the United States.—v.i. to meet in congress.—adj. Congres′sional.—n. Con′gressman, a member of congress. [L. con, together, and gradi, gressus, to step, to go.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Congress

    is a diplomatic conference at which the representatives of sovereign States discuss matters of importance to their several countries, the most celebrated of which are those of Münster and Osnabrück, which issued in the treaty of Westphalia in 1648, at the end of the Thirty Years' War; of Rastadt, at the end of Spanish Succession War, in 1797; of Vienna, at the end of Napoleon's wars, in 1815; of Paris, in 1856, at the end of Russian War; and of Berlin, in 1878, at the end of Russo-Turkish war; but the name has come to be applied in federal republics to the legislative assembly which directs national as distinct from State concerns. In the United States, Congress consists of the Senate, elected by the State legislatures and the House of Representatives, elected directly by the people. It meets on the first Monday in December, and receives the President's message for the year. It imposes taxes, contracts loans, provides for national defence, declares war, looks after the general welfare, establishes postal communication, coins money, fixes weights and measures, &c. &c., but it is prohibited from preferential treatment of the several States, establishing or interfering with religion, curtailing freedom of speech, or pursuing towards any citizen, even under legal forms, a course of conduct which is unjust or even oppressive.

  2. Congress

    the Belgian Constituent Assembly, 1830-1831.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'congress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2061

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    Rank popularity for the word 'congress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1177

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'congress' in Nouns Frequency: #842

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of congress in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of congress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of congress in a Sentence

  1. William Barr:

    Robert Mueller did not indicate that Robert Mueller purpose was to leave the decision to Congress One, i hope that was not Robert Mueller view, since we don't convene grand juries and conduct criminal investigations for that purpose.

  2. John Cornyn:

    It is required, it also makes good sense before we commit our military and our men and women in uniform to any sort of conflict. They deserve the support of Congress on a bipartisan basis as well as the support of the American people.

  3. President Juan Manuel Santos:

    When we finish the agenda points, that is to say, when everything is agreed, that is when we will send the texts to Congress and convene the plebiscite, that moment won't necessarily coincide with the signing of the accords. The signing is a formality, it can be done afterward.

  4. Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro:

    If you look at what they're doing on the Oversight Committee, Rep. [Trey] Gowdy and others, the political talk is one thing but what they're doing in Congress in that committee is another.

  5. Robert Mueller:

    Impeachment is capital punishment for a presidency, and impeachment represents an undoing of the democratic process, you are overturning an election.... It's something that Congress should not consider unless all other avenues are no longer open.

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