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 Greece and Cyprus have been pressing their EU partners to draw up tougher penalties in the run-up to the bloc’s summit next week. Jonathan Stearns,, "EU Warns That Ties With Turkey Are at a ‘Watershed Moment’," 15 Sep. 2020 It was tucked into a joint statement of environment ministers released after the summit, just beneath a recap of the Trump Administration’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Adam Federman, Wired, "The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change," 15 Sep. 2020 The summit comes only weeks before the U.S. presidential election, and the meeting will be Xi Jinping’s best opportunity to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Europe on trade. Andrew A. Michta, WSJ, "Can China Turn Europe Against America?," 13 Sep. 2020 Editor Peter Kovacs noted that the online summit is part of a history of the newspaper bringing together experts on financial topics for the benefit of readers. Staff Report,, "Rescheduled: As coronavirus hits economy, join us for a discussion on personal finance," 10 Sep. 2020 The journey to this summit atop the Schnals Valley Glacier ridge begins in Maso Corto. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "This New Observation Deck Floats 10,666 Feet Above the Italian Alps — and the Views Are Incredible," 9 Sep. 2020 Yates, who moved down to eighth overall, got dropped when the competition between the favorites heated up near the summit of the Col de Marie Blanque after Roglic's teammates significantly increased the pace., "Primoz Roglic leads Tour de France after epic mountain trek," 6 Sep. 2020 The summit was previously postponed in June after Thaci was indicted by The Hague and charged with 10 counts of war crimes against humanity. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Brave and historic': Serbia to move embassy to Jerusalem and Kosovo to recognize Israel after White House meeting," 4 Sep. 2020 Started by Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson and offensive line trainer Duke Manyweather, the summit is an event held in July where NFL offensive linemen gather to talk about offensive line play. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "U of L football's Cole Bentley set to take lead at center after strong 2019 season finish," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The park also allows hikers with permits to summit Half Dome and enter the wilderness area, according to the park’s Facebook page. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "All of California’s national parks are open. Kind of. We can explain here," 26 June 2020 In one of the more jarring passages of the book, Bolton claims the president voiced his support for concentration camps to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 2019 G-20 world leaders summit. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Key revelations in John Bolton's new book about the Trump White House," 18 June 2020 Attention turned to the coming Buenos Aires G-20 summit the following month, when Xi and Trump could meet personally. John Bolton, WSJ, "John Bolton: The Scandal of Trump’s China Policy," 17 June 2020 Events included the Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb at Mount Everest, an expedition led by 61-year-old Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit the world’s tallest mountain. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Looking back on 50 years of Earth Days," 22 Apr. 2020 The study, which was released last week and updated Tuesday, also provides a state-by-state forecast for when demands on hospitals and deaths could summit. Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, "US coronavirus deaths predicted to peak by mid-April if all states impose restrictions," 1 Apr. 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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20 Sep 2020

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“Summit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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