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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As the team’s other quarterbacks struggled during a mid-August practice, Edsall summoned the freshman to lead a two-minute drill. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Jack Zergiotis’s talent, poise in UConn debut no surprise to former coach," 11 Sep. 2019 Later after the concert DeWille was summoned by a chauffer who took him back to the band's hotel, where DeWille and Simmons watched video footage of the shoe and talked about the show. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "How an Alabama company made Kiss pyro and fake blood," 28 July 2019 He was summoned by Mr. Trump’s weekend tweet calling for a spontaneous diplomatic rendezvous at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the DMZ. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Trump’s North Korea Moment Started With a Tweet, Ended With a Step," 30 June 2019 No one from the Northeast Ohio dispensaries that were summoned by the pharmacy board returned cleveland.com’s messages about the reason for their delays. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Only 18 of 56 Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries are operational. What’s the holdup?," 13 June 2019 The train arrived as though summoned by the coughing spell that bent Isaac double. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 Andrew McCabe was pulled into the center of the tempest on May 9, 2017 when he was summoned by the president hours after Comey was fired. Scott Pelley, CBS News, "Andrew McCabe: The full 60 Minutes interview," 17 Feb. 2019 Federal agents safely detonated the device after being summoned Monday by a security officer at the sprawling, wooded compound, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Manhattan. Jim Mustian, The Seattle Times, "Bomb found at philanthropist George Soros’ suburban home," 23 Oct. 2018 The brief teaser shows Margo — now the High King of Fillory, the magical Narnia-esque land — being summoned by a spirit of Ember (the Aslan-like god of Fillory) to come protect her kingdom from that new threat. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Magicians season 4 gets a release date and an ominous new trailer," 5 Oct. 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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