summer

noun
sum·​mer | \ ˈsə-mər How to pronounce summer (audio) \

Definition of summer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 : the warmer half of the year
3 : year a girl of seventeen summers
4 : a period of maturing powers

summer

adjective

Definition of summer (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or suitable for summer summer vacation a summer home
2 : sown in the spring and harvested in the same year as sown summer wheat — compare winter

summer

verb
summered; summering\ ˈsə-​mə-​riŋ How to pronounce summering (audio) , ˈsəm-​riŋ \

Definition of summer (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to pass the summer

transitive verb

: to keep or carry through the summer especially : to provide (cattle, sheep, etc.) with pasture during the summer

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Other Words from summer

Noun

summerlike \ ˈsə-​mər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce summerlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of summer in a Sentence

Noun

What are your plans for this summer? We visited them two summers ago. the first day of summer
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Blades also has spent parts of his summer working on 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills with several of Miami’s receivers. Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.com, "UM cornerback Al Blades Jr. hopes spending extra time with his receivers will help him shine," 14 June 2019 Soccer fans in Orlando are going to have plenty to cheer about this summer, starting with Prince Royce. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Prince Royce announced as headliner for MLS All-Star Game kick-off concert in Orlando," 13 June 2019 Here are the next important steps as this critical summer unfolds. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Here are the next important steps for the Celtics this summer," 12 June 2019 Clay worked during his college summers helping Sauerbrei, who was a janitor for many years at what is now Visintainer but once was Center School. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "AAUW awards scholarships to two local women: Whit & Whimsey," 7 June 2019 Counting this summer, Palmer has spent five of the last six summers in the ABL. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Batter up: Alaska Baseball League opens a new season," 7 June 2019 Delmarva makes three trips to Charleston this summer: June 10-12, July 9-11 and July 18-21. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands graduate continues to rack up honors," 6 June 2019 On vanity countertop are two new products from Fenty Beauty launched this summer: the Pro Kiss'r Luscious Lip Balm in Hint Hint and Pro Kiss'r Lip-Loving Scrubstick. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fenty Beauty's Makeup Artist Priscilla Ono Has An Insane Beauty Collection," 30 May 2019 Below are 12 of our new and OG favorites — just in time for your best summer ever. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "The 12 Best Body Highlighters and Bronzers to Make Your Skin Shine Bright Like a Diamond," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Orlando will play its summer league opener Friday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets at Cox Pavilion. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic converge on Las Vegas for 1st time in 13 years," 2 July 2018 To be able to play NBA summer league, to get playing time, to get opportunities on the offensive end, to get a comfort level playing against stronger, elite athletes at this level? J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 CLEVELAND, Ohio – Summer’s coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t have to. cleveland.com, "10 new travel ideas for late summer, close to Cleveland (photos)," 25 Aug. 2017 Summer exhibition of Italian artists features work from painter Malacarne's Water series and glassworks from Vidal. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Free and fun events this weekend: Aug. 18-20," 16 Aug. 2017 Summer league play has been good for the Dallas Mavericks. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "Mavericks add rookie free agent guard P.J. Dozier," 8 Aug. 2017 Summer seersucker suits from the Alan Flusser brand come from Stein Mart. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "5 style lessons from a former CLT homicide cop now on TV – who’s also a fashionista," 3 Aug. 2017 Summer’s heat and humidity make a face full of makeup feel oppressive. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "How to Go Makeup-Free This Summer," 1 Aug. 2017 Summer rains can cause container plants to decline; check for proper drainage. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "August in the garden," 29 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Could summer league again be part of Jones’ offseason? Anthony Chiang, miamiherald, "Heat’s young core steps to the forefront on and off the court after Wade’s retirement," 4 June 2019 Everyone who summers in Tuscany is a huge fan of this chic little shop, which stocks the best edit of big and small brands alike. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018 Quilted cotton and reversible, or softly summer weight? Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now!’ Review: Unfolding a Garment’s Long History," 16 Oct. 2018 For nearly 50 years, the Zentzes have summered in their second home on a stretch of waterfront in Deer Isle’s Sunshine district. Sandra Ward, WSJ, "The Perfect Place for Their Second Home Is Right Around the Corner," 11 Oct. 2018 Houseplants summering outdoors in the shade also make a handsome addition to container gardening. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Houseplants summering outdoors in the shade also make a handsome addition to container gardening. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Hopper began summering in Maine in 1914; this lighthouse still exists in Cape Elizabeth. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "If American Painter Edward Hopper Were a Florist," 20 July 2018 Summer is here, and with it all sorts of outdoor activities to do and bodies of water to seek out and relax around (wear sunscreen!), but there's only so much summering a person can do, really. Vogue, "Here's What to Watch on Netflix in July," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of summer

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for summer

Noun

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

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summer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of summer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

summer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of summer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend the summer in a particular place

summer

noun
sum·​mer | \ ˈsə-mər How to pronounce summer (audio) \

Kids Definition of summer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the season between spring and autumn which is in the northern hemisphere usually the months of June, July, and August
2 : one of the years of a person's lifetime a youth of sixteen summers

summer

verb
summered; summering

Kids Definition of summer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pass the summer We summered at the shore.

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