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


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 will speak at a Sept. 23 climate summit during the annual gathering of world leaders for the U.N. General Assembly. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Thunberg leads climate protest to front of the UN," 30 Aug. 2019 This week, the leaders of the world's seven largest economies met in France for a yearly summit. CNN, "CNN 10 - August 30, 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 Mr Macron dangled the prospect of a summit between Mr Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. The Economist, "New fronts open up in the conflict between Israel and Iran," 29 Aug. 2019 At a summit in France this week, G-7 nations pledged $20 million for the effort, with a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada. Luis Andres Henao, The Denver Post, "Brazil accepts planes from Chile to fight Amazon fires," 28 Aug. 2019 Still, Doral would benefit in other ways from hosting a summit of world leaders. Time, "'Each Country Can Have Their Own Villa.' Trump Suggests Hosting 2020 G-7 Summit at His Miami Golf Resort," 26 Aug. 2019 At a summit in France this week, G-7 nations pledged to help fight the flames and protect the rainforest by offering $20 million, in addition to a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada. Luis Andres Henao, USA TODAY, "As Brazil rejects help for Amazon fires, respiratory problems rise: Kids affected the most," 22 Aug. 2019 The news comes after Juventus' sporting director Fabio Paratici was in Spain for a summit with Blaugrana chiefs on Monday evening., "Juventus Eyeing Shock Luis Suarez Swap With Paulo Dybala Heading to Barcelona," 21 Aug. 2019 The best way to participate: sign up for Cleveland Rising, a three-day summit in October., "Cleveland is on the doorstep of doing something remarkable that no other city has done, but we could screw it up, especially if you don’t join," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Looking back, the author finds the preoccupation with summiting peaks to be ego-driven, mere bravado, while the exploration and examination of a lost culture is a celebration of others. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 Its slopes are dangerous, and it has never been summited, which means no one has ever peered into its crater. New York Times, "A Burning Lava Lake Concealed by a Volcano’s Glacial Ice," 12 July 2019 According to his family, Cline is an experienced climber who is trying to summit all of Colorado’s 14ers, Fox 31 reported. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Search ongoing for man missing since Sunday after hiking in Kit Carson Peak area," 27 June 2019 Crude has failed to summit the $60 a barrel mark repeatedly over the past week. Alex Nussbaum,, "Oil Slips as Growth in U.S. Supplies Feeds Into Market Anxieties," 26 Mar. 2019 So will the first to summit the Iseran, the highest road pass in the French Alps that hasn't been climbed by the Tour for 12 years. John Leicester,, "Aiming high: Altitude is the acid test at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 All of us had already summited another 8,000-meter peak; all of us had climbed hard rock or hard ice in Yosemite or South America or the Alps. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 Big mountain climber Adrian Ballinger guides novice climbers to the tallest peaks in the world and has summited Everest eight times in eleven attempts. Sheila Vilvens,, "Mount Everest summit was within sight. Why did University of Cincinnati grad stop?," 16 June 2019 He's spent 12 seasons as a guide on the world's highest peak and has summited it eight times -- once without supplementary oxygen, which almost cost him his life. George Ramsay, CNN, "Everest deaths: 'Corners are being massively cut'," 24 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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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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