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

Stoltenberg and others at the summit dismissed the idea of hitting 4% — an unrealistic goal for many countries. Eli Stokols,, "Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory," 12 July 2018 The action here represents the mainstream cinema's version of extreme sports and these guys have staked their claim at the summit. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': Film Review," 12 July 2018 At the summit, Ginsberg wrote a letter to his father, composed a poem and then turned the camera on himself, capturing the flies buzzing around his head. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Not Your Average Autograph Collection," 12 July 2018 Given that the trail is almost entirely above 8,000 feet, and finishes at 14,505 feet at the summit of Mount Whitney, altitude issues are not surprising, and also likely contributed to the sleep problems. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here's What It Takes to Hike the John Muir Trail," 11 July 2018 That’s why a unified stand at this summit – against Russian cyber-hacking, invasions of neighbors, poisonings abroad, and Kremlin threats to NATO members – was so important. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump does Putin's dirty work at NATO summit | Trudy Rubin," 11 July 2018 So, no, Trump didn’t destroy the Atlantic Alliance at the summit. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign Policy Mess Trump Is Making," 11 July 2018 The tower at the summit wasn’t damaged by the storm, officials said. Gregory B. Hladky,, "'Unfortunately, Mother Nature Took It Away.' Sleeping Giant State Park Remains Unrecognizable As Storm Cleanup Continues," 11 July 2018 At the summit, the six agreed to share police and intelligence data in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In 2017, Jeff Glasbrenner, an American single amputee, summited. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 Two hundred years ago, New Hampshire innkeeper Abel Crawford had a problem: guests at his White Mountain hotel were clamoring for the chance to summit the iconic Mount Washington. Kathryn Miles,, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 2018 Plain started with 16,067-foot Vinson Massif in Antarctica, summiting on January 16, 2018. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, "Bagging the Highest Peak on Every Continent—in 117 Days," 7 June 2018 Tom Choate, who in 2013 became the oldest man to summit Denali at the age of 78, was there. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 Mount Rainier National Park, Washington At 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is a magnificent fourteener to summit with your budding peakbagger. Leslie Hsu Oh, Outside Online, "The Best National Parks for Kids," 22 June 2018 George Mallory and Edward Felix Norton took part in the first attempt to summit Everest. Caroline Malone And Katy Scott, CNN, "How a double amputee conquered Everest, 43 years after his first attempt," 6 June 2018 Now 50, the Calgary native has crossed the Arabian Peninsula’s Rub’ al Khali desert, summited the highest peak on each of the seven continents and scaled Mount Everest twice. Alex Prewitt,, "The Great Wait Is Finally Over: After 13 Seasons, Alex Ovechkin Is a Stanley Cup Champion," 11 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


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Kids Definition of summit

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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