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summer

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noun sum·mer \ˈsə-mər\

Definition of summer

  1. 1 :  the season between spring and autumn comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of June, July, and August or as reckoned astronomically extending from the June solstice to the September equinox

  2. 2 :  the warmer half of the year

  3. 3 :  year <a girl of seventeen summers>

  4. 4 :  a period of maturing powers

summerlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of summer in a sentence

  1. What are your plans for this summer?

  2. We visited them two summers ago.

  3. the first day of summer

Origin and Etymology of summer

Middle English sumer, from Old English sumor; akin to Old High German & Old Norse sumer summer, Sanskrit samā year, season


First Known Use: before 12th century

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summer

adjective sum·mer

Definition of summer

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suitable for summer <summer vacation> <a summer home>

  2. 2 :  sown in the spring and harvested in the same year as sown <summer wheat> — compare winter

14th Century

First Known Use of summer

14th century

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summer

verb sum·mer

Definition of summer

summered

summering

play \ˈsə-mə-riŋ, ˈsəm-riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to pass the summer

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to keep or carry through the summer; especially :  to provide (as cattle or sheep) with pasture during the summer

15th Century

First Known Use of summer

15th century



SUMMER Defined for English Language Learners

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summer

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noun sum·mer \ˈsə-mər\

Definition of summer for English Language Learners

  • : the warmest season of the year that is after spring and before autumn


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summer

verb sum·mer

Definition of summer for English Language Learners

  • : to spend the summer in a particular place


SUMMER Defined for Kids

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summer

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noun sum·mer \ˈsə-mər\

Definition of summer for Students

  1. 1 :  the season between spring and autumn which is in the northern hemisphere usually the months of June, July, and August

  2. 2 :  one of the years of a person's lifetime <a youth of sixteen summers>


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summer

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verb sum·mer

Definition of summer for Students

summered

summering

  1. :  to pass the summer <We summered at the shore.>



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