sum·​mit | \ ˈsə-mət \

Definition of summit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : top, apex especially : the highest point : peak
2 : the topmost level attainable the summit of human fame
3a : the highest level of officials especially : the diplomatic level of heads of government
b : a conference of highest-level officials (such as heads of government) an economic summit


summited; summiting; summits

Definition of summit (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to participate in a summit conference
2 : to climb to the summit summited on May 29

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summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable. at the summit of the Victorian social scene peak suggests the highest among other high points. an artist working at the peak of her powers pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height. the pinnacle of worldly success climax implies the highest point in an ascending series. the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge. the apex of Dutch culture acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing. a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective. the culmination of years of effort

Examples of summit in a Sentence


The mountain range has summits over 10,000 feet high. The climbers failed to reach the summit. Leaders of several nations attended the economic summit. A summit on global warming was held that year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: abdul abeissa/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Monday marked the second time Mr. Macron has hosted a Choose France summit since his 2017 election, and the mood this time around couldn’t be more different. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Emmanuel Macron Courts World Business Elite at Hallmark of France’s Splendor," 21 Jan. 2019 Jumping forward many years, O’Reilly tells us about convening a small summit of tech honchos, which quite literally named open source software. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O‘Reilly discusses the birth of “open source”," 1 Aug. 2018 Coming on the heels of a testy NATO summit, the sight of the American president nodding along would make his nominal allies squirm. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 But the mixed messaging has left America’s friends and allies confused, particularly after a contentious NATO summit where Trump questioned the value of the alliance that Putin has long denounced and sought to weaken. Matthew Lee,, "Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect," 14 July 2018 The idea that there can be a positive or neutral summit that strengthens the alliance, or somehow signals to Moscow that NATO is united, is ridiculous. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Even the Best-Case Scenario for What Trump Does at the NATO Summit Is Pretty Grim," 9 July 2018 Polish officials have been trying to play down the Iran focus of the summit. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "EU Nations Set to Snub Washington’s Latest Anti-Iran Push," 17 Jan. 2019 More details on the summit will be announced at a later date. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How to Pay Off Your Student Loans, Thanks to Freeform and Scholly," 3 Jan. 2019 And all of that took place at the opening breakfast of the two-day summit. Alex Ward, Vox, "The five main takeaways from Trump’s disastrous Russia week.," 20 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The British explorer has already skied across both of the polar ice caps, making him the only person to have done that and summited Mount Everest. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Summits Aren't Enough for This Record-Seeking 72-Year-Old Explorer," 26 July 2016 Xia Boyu, a 69 year-old double amputee from China, sitting in his hotel room in Kathmandu prior to his fifth attempt to summit Mount Everest, on April 4, 2018. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest," 14 May 2018 The goal for this outing is to summit seven of these hilltop landmarks in the center of town. Thomas Graham,, "Walking these seven hills of San Francisco a peak experience," 28 June 2018 Among those killed was Kim Chang-ho, the first South Korean to summit all 14 Himalayan peaks over 8,000 meters (26,250 feet) without using supplemental oxygen. Binaj Gurubacharya, The Seattle Times, "Deaths spark calls in Nepal for better warning systems," 16 Oct. 2018 Deputy Mark Jilk, who helps manage search and rescue operations, says the four were attempting to summit the peak on its north face. Fox News, "The Latest: 4 Scouts missing on Mount Baker climb found safe," 4 June 2018 Every New Year’s Eve, Kamissa Mort and Elizabeth Edwards have a tradition of making plans to complete a project for the next year—summiting a mountain or adopting a puppy. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Portland couple trades in a farmhouse for their midcentury dream home," 27 Aug. 2018 She was known for climbing up more than 2,700 steps at the Manitou Incline in April and then summiting Pikes Peak about a month later, the report said. Fox News, "Double amputee who climbed Pikes Peak arrested for DUI, assault: report," 18 Aug. 2018 Blacktail Rocks is accessed by summiting Mount Baldy and then continuing on the path to the jagged peak behind it. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of summit


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1972, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for summit


Middle English somete, from Anglo-French sumet, diminutive of sum top, from Latin summum, neuter of summus highest — more at sum

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English Language Learners Definition of summit

: the highest point of a mountain : the top of a mountain
: the highest level
: a meeting or series of meetings between the leaders of two or more governments


sum·​mit | \ ˈsə-mət \

Kids Definition of summit

: the highest point (as of a mountain) : top

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