noun sum·mit \ˈsə-mət\

Definition of summit

  1. 1 :  top, apex; especially :  the highest point :  peak

  2. 2 :  the topmost level attainable the summit of human fame

  3. 3a :  the highest level of officials; especially :  the diplomatic level of heads of governmentb :  a conference of highest-level officials (such as heads of government) an economic summit

Examples of summit in a Sentence

  1. The mountain range has summits over 10,000 feet high.

  2. The climbers failed to reach the summit.

  3. Leaders of several nations attended the economic summit.

  4. A summit on global warming was held that year.

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Origin and Etymology of summit

Middle English somete, from Anglo-French sumet, diminutive of sum top, from Latin summum, neuter of summus highest — more at sum

Synonym Discussion of summit

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



verb sum·mit

Definition of summit

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to participate in a summit conference

  3. 2 :  to climb to the summit summited on May 29

First Known Use of summit


SUMMIT Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of summit for English Language Learners

  • : 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

SUMMIT Defined for Kids


noun sum·mit \ˈsə-mət\

Definition of summit for Students

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

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