summon, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of. summon implies the exercise of authority.
was summoned to answer charges call may be used less formally for summon.
called the legislature into special sessioncite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge.
cited for drunken drivingconvoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes.
convoked a Vatican councilconvene is somewhat less formal than convoke.
convened the studentsmuster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole.
mustered the troops
Examples of summon in a Sentence
The queen summoned him back to the palace.
without explanation, the managing editor summoned me to his office
Recent Examples on the WebIdeally, the Legislature would summon the political will to impose true accountability by amending the state Constitution to make sheriffs appointed positions, like police chiefs.
Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2022 The industry’s biggest stars — who probably have more influence over American gun owners than any other faction in popular culture — could not summon the collective courage to speak up for gun control.
Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Governments, businesses and individuals must summon the willpower to transform economies, embrace new habits and leave behind the age of fossil fuels - or face the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change.
Sarah Kaplan And Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 Lighting designer Eric Nelson and sound designer Matt Corey summon the characters’ fantasy worlds, the last one a nightmare straight out of a horror movie.
Christine Dolen, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Apr. 2022 The videos summon, in their terse messaging, the grim solidarity of emergency.
Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 28 Feb. 2022 Which raises the question: should Lady Gaga summon her better graces and attend the 2022 Oscars anyway? From a red carpet standpoint, absolutely—though that's to the viewer's benefit.
Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 Did Slater summon that wave through mystical powers?
Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Feb. 2022 Few other contemporary locations summon such a sense of reverence, exclusivity and historical angst — especially if the college is somewhere in brisk New England and adorned with the Ivy League distinction.
Tomris Laffly, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 See More
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