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summon

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of summon

  1. 1 to demand or request the presence or service of without explanation, the managing editor summoned me to his office Synonyms of summon call, hail Words Related to summon cite, subpoena; assemble, call out, call up, convene, convoke, muster; ask, bid, invite; command, order, request, requisition; beckon, demand, invoke; buzz, knell, page, ring, whistle Phrases send for Near Antonyms of summon dismiss, send (away), turn away; banish, boot (out), cast out, drum (out), eject, expel, kick out, oust, out, rout, run off, throw out, turf (out) [chiefly British]

  2. 2 to call into being through the use of one's inner resources or powers managed to summon a bright smile despite the gloomy day Synonyms of summon conjure (up), gather, get up Words Related to summon educe, elicit, evoke, raise

  3. 3 to bring together in assembly by or as if by command summoned a special session of parliament Synonyms of summon assemble, call, convene, muster, convokeWords Related to summon rally; call in, call out, call up, knell; amass, collect, gather, group, round up; reassemble, reconveneNear Antonyms of summon break up, dissolve

Synonym Discussion of summon

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


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