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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Trump summoned reporters for part of his meeting with Ghani and said talks with the Taliban are ongoing. Arkansas Online, "Trump visit surprises troops in Afghanistan," 29 Nov. 2019 Can either party summon witnesses to make its points? Mark Sherman, Twin Cities, "Sticky impeachment trial questions: How long? Who testifies?," 27 Nov. 2019 Angry lawmakers had summoned the top naval officer, Adm. John Richardson, to the Hill. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Blame Over Justice: The Human Toll of the Navy’s Relentless Push to Punish One of Its Own," 20 Nov. 2019 Because of the lack of available bodies, the Heat summoned guard Daryl Macon from their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "James Johnson, Tyler Herro sidelined for Heat; Blake Griffin out for Pistons," 12 Nov. 2019 Complaints were made, grievances filed, investigators summoned. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Angry at his Ukraine predicament, Trump can only summon the taunts most of us left behind in elementary school. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 For once, Byrne summoned enough backbone to reach for something bigger — only to have any hope of winning snatched from him at the last second by Sessions. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Jeff Sessions’ Senate bid puts knives in Republican backs," 7 Nov. 2019 Beyond Vought, Blair and Duffey, impeachment investigators have summoned Brian McCormack, OMB associate director for natural resources, energy and science, to appear on Monday. Anchorage Daily News, "Mulvaney allies to lead stonewall against Democrats’ impeachment inquiry," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of summon was in the 13th century

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Summon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/summon?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=summon01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for summon

summon

verb
How to pronounce summon (audio)

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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