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

The news comes four days ahead of a summit between Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Trump says consumers ‘could stand’ 10 percent tariff on iPhones," 26 Nov. 2018 Tuesday's summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has captured the attention and imagination of the entire world -- except, that is, in North Korea itself. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "North Korean state media quiet about summit until after Kim's arrival in Singapore," 2 Oct. 2018 Yet, after a summit meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin just days following the indictment, Trump publicly expressed doubt that Russia was involved. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections," 27 July 2018 From the ridge just short of the summit, wide vistas are visible. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 So has his insistence, at a NATO leaders’ summit meeting this week, that America’s partners have taken advantage of the United States by not contributing enough to collective military spending. Ceylan Yeginsu,, "Big protests greet Trump in Britain," 13 July 2018 The day-long summit meeting was the largest-ever gathering of HBCU presidents discussing LGBTQ inclusive practices and policies, Human Rights Campaign officials said. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Historically black colleges commit to more support for LGBTQ students," 13 July 2018 Now comes Putin’s first formal summit meeting with President Trump next week in Finland. Andrew Malcolm,, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 In Brussels for the NATO summit meeting, Trump claimed that the U.S. defense budget is 4.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Eugene Kiely, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Trump’s defense spending exaggerations," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Kanneh-Mason is the first classical artist to summit the Emerging Artists chart. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Royal Wedding Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Debuts Atop Emerging Artists Chart," 31 May 2018 The rapid shift from provocative steps to summit diplomacy illustrates the whipsaw approach the President has adopted on the global stage. Jeremy Diamond And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Sources: Trump sought to evacuate military families from South Korea before Olympics," 15 May 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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