summit

noun
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

summit

verb
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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Noun

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.
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President Trump threw the annual NATO summit into crisis Thursday — forcing an emergency session and suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance — before switching positions and claiming victory. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory," 12 July 2018 The summit—hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire, Goop, this weekend at Manhattan’s Pier 17—was festive from the outset. Elizabeth Nicholas, Vogue, "The Top Takeaways from 2019’s In Goop Health Summit," 12 Mar. 2019 After a high-profile summit with President Trump fell apart, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent Friday bonding with his communist hosts in Vietnam as his country’s state media played down the collapse of negotiations. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "After Summit Letdown, North Korea’s Kim Meets With ‘Vietnamese Comrades’," 1 Mar. 2019 Right after that June 12 summit with Kim, Trump called off joint military exercises with South Korea that had been an irritant to North Korea. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Worries About What Trump Could Promise Putin," 28 June 2018 The ascent took the team more than seven weeks—establishing base camp, a series of six smaller camps, and the final assault on the summit, the second attempt of the expedition, which was done over the course of three days. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "A Former Marine Tests the Best Headlamps," 6 Nov. 2018 Just this afternoon however, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pulled out of the Saudi Riyadh Future Investment Initiative, one of the biggest financial summits in the world, where he was set to appear next week. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Tech reckons with Saudi cash after journalist’s brutal murder," 18 Oct. 2018 There have been two summits, one in 2000 and another in 2007, held between Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il, and two liberal South Korean presidents. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Trump warns 'world is watching' after North Korea says it's willing to give up nuclear weapons," 2 Oct. 2018 At the summit, the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, Trump and Kim signed a vague document pledging to work toward denuclearization and easing tensions. Laignee Barron, Time, "South Korea's Moon Jae-in Calls on Washington and Pyongyang to Step Up Denuclearization Efforts," 13 July 2018

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, SFChronicle.com, "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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1972, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for summit

Noun

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

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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

summit

noun
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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