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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group is hosting an online summit next month featuring sessions on environmental justice, augmented reality murals, Indigenous wisdom, food waste, behavioral change, sustainable cities and more. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How Disney is using ‘Star Wars’ to help Chevy sell electric cars," 25 Feb. 2021 After a gruelling all-night EU summit in mid-December, Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, reserved her biggest smile for Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor. The Economist, "As Angela Merkel steps down, German politics wobbles," 30 Dec. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden was absent from an online summit this weekend marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Breaking down Exxon’s new emissions promises," 14 Dec. 2020 After the online summit, Germany announced more funding for COVAX, an international initiative to distribute COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Courts and clock challenge Trump effort," 23 Nov. 2020 President Rodrigo Duterte took a break from an online summit of Southeast Asian leaders to fly by helicopter over the affected areas. Fox News, "Typhoon-ravaged northeast Philippines pummeled by new storm," 12 Nov. 2020 The alcohol company has teamed up with the American Alpine Club (AAC) for the Partner in Adventure grant, which could help climbers go after their next summit. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Apply for a $1,000 Grant for Your Next Outdoor Adventure — Here's How," 15 Oct. 2020 The regime’s last military parade was in September 2018, just months after the Singapore summit. Timothy W. Martin And Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un’s Military Parade Seen as Potential North Korean Weapons Showcase," 8 Oct. 2020 Still, more than a year after the last summit, North Korea’s unilateral freeze on nuclear and ICBM testing remains intact. Author: Joby Warrick, Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "As North Korea’s Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But in late 2008, as the global economy unraveled, Bush called an emergency leaders summit. Washington Post, "Trump could be a no-show at virtual G-20 as coronavirus ravages the globe," 20 Nov. 2020 Some four thousand climbers have attempted to summit Everest in each of the past two decades, a fifty-per-cent increase over the period when Krakauer wrote his book. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 Most people seeking to summit Everest climb the mountain in the spring, particularly in May, when the weather is more favorable for ascents. Washington Post, "It’s official: Mount Everest just got a little bit higher," 8 Dec. 2020 Backpackers who plan a side trip to summit Half Dome must have two permits, a wilderness permit with trailhead date from the Yosemite Conservancy at www. Tom Stienstra,, "Everything you need to know to climb Yosemite’s Half Dome in 2021," 26 Nov. 2020 This year, Saudi Arabia will host the G-20 leaders summit, in another sign that Western governments have moved past the controversy over the killing. Washington Post, "Khashoggi supporters launch group to advocate for democratic rights in the Arab world," 29 Sep. 2020 Henry Newman, an Anglo journalist working in Calcutta in the 1920s, first heard reports of a Wild Man on the slopes of the Himalayas from members of a 1921 British expedition to summit Everest led by Lieutenant Colonel C. K. Howard-Bury. Colin Dickey, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Bigfoot and the ‘Abominable Snowman’ Loom Large in the Human Imagination," 20 July 2020 James Morrison and Hilaree Nelson were brought together by death and loss but united in love — for each other, for self challenge, and for the mountains — in their attempt to become the first adventurers to summit Lhotse and ski down. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Finding Answers about Life and Love in the Mountain Death Zone," 10 Aug. 2020 As with true volcanoes, the consequences of attempting to summit an ice volcano can be dire. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Are Ice Volcanoes Erupting on the Shores of Lake Michigan?," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Summit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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