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

Examples of summit in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden's phone call with Zelensky, which began just after 11 a.m. ET, is the first time the two men have spoken directly since the President's last-minute trip to Europe for a NATO summit and meetings in Poland. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 Moscow withdrew some of the forces in April, paving the way for a June summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin., 24 Mar. 2022 Biden is heading to Brussels for a summit of NATO leaders and a meeting with the European Council as leaders seek to reaffirm their unity amid Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 The urgent memo to private sector owners and operators comes just days before the president is set to travel to Brussels Thursday for a NATO summit before heading to Poland. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2022 Last week, leaders of Southeast Asian nations—countries on the front lines of the U.S.-China tussle for influence—trooped to the White House for a summit with Mr. Biden. Ken Thomas And Alex Leary, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The social justice arm of Jay Z's record label, Roc Nation, has convened a coalition of social justice leaders from various industries for a summit that is set to take place this summer amid the midterm elections in the U.S. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 11 May 2022 The Los Angeles Police Department expects to incur millions of dollars in overtime and other costs when heads of state and diplomats from the Americas come to L.A. for a summit next month. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Full Circle Everest team, which is led by veteran mountaineer Phil Henderson, has chosen to push for the summit. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first expedition of Black mountaineers to attempt to summit Mount Everest is sitting on top of the world — literally. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 15 May 2022 Plus, breathless stories about the youngest person to summit a mountain or complete a trail feel like the continuation of an outdated and increasingly unhealthy attitude toward outdoor recreation. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 11 Nov. 2021 The women all still need to summit 26,400-foot Sishapangma, which is located entirely within China. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 6 May 2022 Barrymore takes matters into her own hands, opting to summit the staircase alone — though a member of her team helps hoist her up the final steps. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 5 May 2022 He is expected to summit soon and then head to 28,169-foot Kanchenjunga and Everest in back-to-back pushes. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2022 The story follows a tug-of-war relationship between the two of them, as Mateo seeks to summit despite ghastly conditions, and Ione attempts to bring him to sanity. Justin Morgan, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 His 27-member team arrived in Pakistan in mid-June for an expedition to summit K2. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 July 2015 Later in the film, a fast-moving blizzard upends his attempts to summit Torre Egger in the Patagonia range. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of summit


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, 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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“Summit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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