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1 to demand or request the presence or service of
  • without explanation, the managing editor summoned me to his office

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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

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3 to bring together in assembly by or as if by command
  • summoned a special session of parliament

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Frequently Asked Questions About summon

How is the word summon different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of summon are call, cite, convene, convoke, and muster. While all these words mean "to demand the presence of," summon implies the exercise of authority.

was summoned to answer charges

How are the words call and summon related?

Call may be used less formally for summon.

called the legislature into special session

When can cite be used instead of summon?

In some situations, the words cite and summon are roughly equivalent. However, cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge.

cited for drunken driving

How do convene and convoke relate to one another, in the sense of summon?

Convene is somewhat less formal than convoke.

convened the students

When is convoke a more appropriate choice than summon?

The words convoke and summon can be used in similar contexts, but convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes.

convoked a Vatican council

When might muster be a better fit than summon?

Although the words muster and summon have much in common, 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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The first known use of summon was in the 13th century

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“Summon.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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