sum·​mit | \ ˈsə-mət How to pronounce summit (audio) \

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

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Noun 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 Diplomats in Brussels expect that at another EU summit in Croatia in May, leaders could discuss French suggestions on how to revamp the enlargement process and unblock North Macedonia’s and Albania’s membership bids. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "EU Reluctance Unsettles Western Balkans’ Search for Secure Future," 4 Feb. 2020 Sanders has held multiple climate events in the state over the past couple months, including a summit in Des Moines with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Climate change could be the difference in the Iowa caucuses," 3 Feb. 2020 The French president made the comment after a summit in southwestern France of leaders of a coalition of five Sahel countries — Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. NBC News, "Macron pleads with Trump not to cut off U.S. support for French forces in Africa," 25 Jan. 2020 Harry is still in the United Kingdom following a summit in Sandringham on Monday with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen's Aides Have Reportedly Hit a "Deadlock" in Finalizing the Details of Harry and Meghan's Exit," 18 Jan. 2020 The framework will be taken up at a summit in China scheduled to start February 24. CBS News, "UN says "urgent action" needed to protect Earth's biodiversity," 15 Jan. 2020 The convention had set similar targets in 2010, at a summit in Japan. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "We have 10 years to save Earth's biodiversity as mass extinction caused by humans takes hold, UN warns," 14 Jan. 2020 The treehouse is located at the summit of Kīlauea, an active volcano on the island of Hawaii. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Vacation in a Treehouse at a Hawaiian Volcano," 6 Jan. 2020 The announcement touched off a firestorm of criticism from scientists and ethicists in attendance at the summit and around the world. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Chinese scientist who produced genetically altered babies sentenced to 3 years in jail," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The kids bravely took turns summiting to get a quick snapshot and then ran back down to the windbreak. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "When a rainy day turns into a wondrous, wintry night, everything is right with the world," 25 Jan. 2020 While the spirit of exploration spans the globe, being an intrepid traveler doesn’t have to mean summiting Mount Everest or surveying icebergs in Antarctica. National Geographic, "15 life-changing experiences in North America’s national parks," 2 Oct. 2019 By starting at Whitney Portal and summiting Whitney, the odds of getting drawn (out of 16,000 teams of applicants for the season) can range from 37% on weekdays to as low as 1% or 2% on peak summer Saturdays, according to the Forest Service. Tom Stienstra,, "Reserving campsites is now an annual competition in California," 8 Jan. 2020 Jim summited Mount Rainier, ran the 30-mile Wildwood Trail and embarked on a multi-day backpacking trip in the Canadian Rockies. oregonlive, "Peak Northwest podcast: Looking back on a year of adventure," 26 Dec. 2019 Harrington has free climbed El Capitan in the past and has also summited Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, according to her website. Rachel Desantis,, "Professional Climber 'Pin Balled' as She Fell in Yosemite but Is 'Gonna Be Ok' After Help from Free Solo Star," 26 Nov. 2019 Early Monday, the youth keynote speakers will be Oliver and Wilson Hoogendorn, Native brothers from Nome and the first people to summit Denali this year. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "AFN convention to shine a spotlight on ‘good government,’ following year of budget upheaval," 13 Oct. 2019 For novice hikers looking to summit their first 14er, Quandary’s 14,265 summit is an ideal place to start. Antonio Olivero, The Know, "As Quandary becomes most hiked 14er, stewardship nonprofit hopes education trumps damage," 12 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit said the 17-year-old was among a group of boys who decided to try to summit Pulpit Rock, which is described as a steep rock face in the area. oregonlive, "Mother of Corvallis teen who died on Boy Scouts trip sues for $10 million," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of summit was in the 15th century

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7 Feb 2020

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“Summit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce summit (audio) \

Kids Definition of summit

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

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