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 Thunberg and other teen activists have been planning Friday’s strikes for months, hoping to exert maximum pressure on leaders attending the United Nations summit. Theo Wayt, NBC News, "NYC schools to let 1.1 million students cut class for climate strike," 17 Sep. 2019 The Judiciary Committee is also investigating Mr. Trump's desire to host the next G-7 summit at Trump National Doral golf club in Miami, Florida. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House committees investigate Pence's stay at Trump resort in Ireland," 6 Sep. 2019 The Chronicle’s climate coverage This week, The Chronicle joins more than 200 media outlets around the world in examining the impacts of global climate change, an effort that will lead up to a Sept. 23 United Nations summit on the topic. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Gov. Newsom has some decisions to make," 16 Sep. 2019 Thunberg recently arrived in the U.S. on a solar-powered yacht, ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in New York on September 23. Oliver Milman, Teen Vogue, "Americans Finally See Climate Change as the Urgent Crisis It Is," 16 Sep. 2019 Nonetheless, Bolton’s exit could pave the way for the Trump dream of a U.S.-Iran summit. Eli Lake, Twin Cities, "Eli Lake: Without Bolton, Trump can now go soft on Iran," 12 Sep. 2019 Even Israel, America’s closest Middle Eastern partner, has come to embrace Moscow’s role as a regional power broker, hosting a first-of-its-kind summit of U.S. and Russian national-security advisers in Jerusalem in late June. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 2019 The nonprofit organizers held a child welfare summit in Harlem in January 1996, on a day when snow blanketed the city. New York Times, "A Fiji Junket, a Padlocked Office and a Pioneering Nonprofit’s Collapse," 10 Sep. 2019 Over king cake and coffee, each participant made a quick presentation, touching on themes and topics that would otherwise seem out of place at a fast-food ideation summit. Adam Chandler, Time, "The Fascinating Way Popeyes Comes Up With New Items Like That Chicken Sandwich Everyone Is Obsessed With," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona who summited at the time, told the New York Times. Megan Gambino, Smithsonian, "New Rules Could Determine Who Gets to Climb Everest," 16 Aug. 2019 Hikers can accept the challenge of summiting Mount Washington, or opt for alternative mountain treks and shorter nature hikes. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 25 June 2019 Many dream of summiting the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, which soars to 29,035 feet and straddles the Nepal-China border. National Geographic, "Beyond Everest: 9 peaks to summit in a lifetime," 29 May 2019 According to renowned Alpinist and mountain chronicler Alan Arnette, fewer than 200 people have ever summited both K2 and Everest, with or without oxygen. George Ramsay, CNN, "Everest deaths: 'Corners are being massively cut'," 24 June 2019 He's summited the highest mountains on five continents. Sheila Vilvens,, "Mount Everest summit was within sight. Why did University of Cincinnati grad stop?," 16 June 2019 But in the decades since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to summit the mountain, Everest has transformed into a popular destination for daredevil climbers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "To Clean Up Everest, Nepal Is Banning Single-Use Plastics on the Mountain," 29 Aug. 2019 Arneson, 29, spent Thursday annihilating the speed record for the 12-peaks Challenge, a pursuit that includes summiting the dozen peaks higher than 5,000 feet in the front range of the Chugach Mountains. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Lars Arneson slashes three hours from 12-peak Challenge speed record," 21 July 2019 Stunning photos from the mountain showed climbers waiting in line to summit the mountain. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "4 bodies recovered from Mount Everest as Nepal seeks help in identifying dead climbers," 10 June 2019

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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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The first known use of summit was in the 15th century

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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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