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


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

As is typical of pre-summit gatherings, the G-20 officials were haggling over the wording of a communique to be issued as meetings wrap up Sunday. Washington Post, "G-20 talks trade, finance as Japan readies for Osaka summit," 9 June 2019 Joshua Fields, the executive director of Consciousness Hacking, the company behind the summit, urged us all to leave our social-climbing, networking personas at the door. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019 FormAssembly also prioritizes departmental, teamwide, and executive team summits and retreats throughout the year to align on key goals and encourage team bonding. Michael L. Jackson, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2019: FormAssembly," 8 June 2019 The agency will also be hosting a SHAKEN/STIR summit on July 11 to examine the phone industry’s progress towards implementing the standardized system. Renae Reints, Fortune, "FCC Takes Major Step Toward Limiting Robocalls and Scammers," 7 June 2019 For hikers seeking a less physically demanding but rewarding summit trek, the route up this little hill delivers the goods without the pain. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 Klein said at the summit, organized by the Center for Houston's Future. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil executives: Time for Houston to embrace clean energy," 7 June 2019 The photos from Mount Everest’s summit were shocking. Michael Kodas, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mount Everest is packed. Whose fault is that?," 7 June 2019 That will not happen before EU leaders meet at a European Council summit on June 20th. The Economist, "The EU edges towards punishing Italy for letting its debt rise," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stephen Kornbluth, 35, of Seattle, summited 6,710-foot Dewey Peak with two friends Tuesday after climbing the mountain’s west face. Stacia Glenn, The Seattle Times, "Seattle man dies in climbing accident on Mount Rainier," 16 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce summit (audio) \

Kids Definition of summit

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

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