summon

verb
sum·​mon | \ ˈsə-mən How to pronounce summon (audio) \
summoned; summoning\ ˈsə-​mə-​niŋ How to pronounce summoning (audio) , ˈsəm-​niŋ \

Definition of summon

transitive verb

1 : to issue a call to convene : convoke
2 : to command by service of a summons to appear in court
3 : to call upon for specified action
4 : to bid to come : send for summon a physician
5 : to call forth : evoke often used with up

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Other Words from summon

summonable \ ˈsə-​mə-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce summonable (audio) \ adjective
summoner \ ˈsə-​mə-​nər How to pronounce summoner (audio) , ˈsəm-​nər \ noun

Synonyms for summon

Synonyms

call, hail

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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 session cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge. cited for drunken driving convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes. convoked a Vatican council convene is somewhat less formal than convoke. convened the students muster 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

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Asher stars as Billy Batson, a foster kid who's summoned by a wizard who gives him magical powers. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Shazam!" Star Asher Angel," 15 Apr. 2019 Ben Pika, who was summoned from the bullpen in the fourth inning for the Patriots, was just what his team needed. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "John Carroll comes from behind, beats St. Mary's 5-2 for MIAA baseball win," 4 May 2018 Some Bandidos in West Texas opposed the split, so Forster and Portillo were summoned to Houston, where Pike dispatched Forster and others to take care of the opponents, Forster said. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Bandidos’ secrets spilled by ex-national ranking member," 1 Mar. 2018 Facebook has already been summoned to the Hill to answer questions about 2016. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Facebook’s Purpose Is Digital Addiction," 12 Feb. 2018 Upon taking their bows, the young dancers summoned gala-goers to the floor, where the DJ initiated an all-out dance party; the moves that ensued were decidedly less practiced. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 Trump is now ordering, as in summoning federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B's Impassioned Government Shutdown Video Even Had Lawmakers Talking," 17 Jan. 2019 The App How will these Phoenicians summon a Waymo vehicle? Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 Police said officers were initially called Saturday morning about a collapsed woman, then were summoned back in the evening after a man fell ill at the same property. Matt Dunham, BostonGlobe.com, "2 more in England exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of summon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for summon

Middle English somnen, somonen, from Anglo-French somondre, from Vulgar Latin *summonere, alteration of Latin summonēre to remind secretly, from sub- secretly + monēre to warn — more at sub-, mind

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summon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of summon

formal
: to order (someone) to come to a place
: to order (someone) to appear in a court of law
: to ask for (someone or something) to come : to send or call for (someone or something)

summon

verb
sum·​mon | \ ˈsə-mən How to pronounce summon (audio) \
summoned; summoning

Kids Definition of summon

1 : to call or send for : convene The clerk … summoned a bellboy and handed him a key. “Take this gentleman to his room!”— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan
2 : to order to appear before a court of law
3 : to call into being : arouse She tried to summon up courage.
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Legal Definition of summon

: to command by service of a summons to appear in court

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