summon up

phrasal verb

summoned up; summoning up; summons up
: to bring (a memory, feeling, image, etc.) into the mind
Visiting his old house summoned up memories of his childhood.

Examples of summon up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While wedges may summon up cringe-worthy noughties fashion memories–think: skinny scarves and oversized ornamental belts–there’s evidence from influential dressers that wedges can work. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 The Chameleon is cool to look at (a diminutive lizard in finery worthy of the Met Gala), and Viola Davis voices her with a dour aristocratic hauteur, but all the character does, really, is to call forth her guards and summon up past villains that Po has defeated. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 History means nothing when its facsimile can be summoned up by Hollywood’s keyboard warriors. Armond White, National Review, 24 Nov. 2023 Sometimes the shape of an imaginary place can summon up the real world. Mark Feeney,, 13 Sep. 2023 Since each piece lasts through generations, using one of the brand’s pots, pans, or other offerings may also summon up peaceful, homey memories of learning Mama’s secret recipes on a slow summer afternoon. Grace Smith, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023

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“Summon up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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