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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Reflecting that significance, the formally out-of-session Supreme Court has been summoned for an emergency hearing, and the number of judges has been increased from the usual five or seven to 11. Washington Post, "U.K. Supreme Court weighs whether Boris Johnson broke the law in suspending Parliament," 17 Sep. 2019 After Kevin Hart and a friend were seriously injured in a car crash early Sunday near Calabasas, the comedian did not stay at the scene to summon help and get immediate emergency medical attention, according to reports. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Kevin Hart: 911 call from his home shows more than an hour’s delay in seeking medical help after car crash," 5 Sep. 2019 Over the years, employees reported unusual stuff happening upstairs, like the piano playing itself, the elevator moving between floors without being summoned and a woman walking around when the building was supposedly empty. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Are these Colorado restaurants haunted? That depends on who you ask.," 23 Aug. 2019 At the ropes course, in the clearing in the woods, 10-year-old Neveah has summoned her courage and agreed to try on the safety harness. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Here I can be free’: Childhood burn survivors find a haven in Conn. summer camp," 10 Aug. 2019 But precious few have summoned quite so much sumptuousness of sound or consummate vocal control. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Barbra on Barbra: Streisand riffs on music, anti-Semitism and how Chicago has always brought her good luck," 24 July 2019 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

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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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