sum·​mit | \ ˈsə-mət How to pronounce summit (audio) \

Essential Meaning of summit

1 : the highest point of a mountain : the top of a mountain The mountain range has summits over 10,000 feet high. the summit [=peak] of Mount Everest The climbers failed to reach the summit.
2 : the highest level He reached the summit [=peak] of his career three years ago.
3 : a meeting or series of meetings between the leaders of two or more governments Leaders of several nations attended the economic summit. A summit on global warming was held that year. a summit meeting/conference

Full Definition of summit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : top, apex especially : the highest point : peak
2 : the topmost level attainable the summit of human fame
3a : the highest level of officials especially : the diplomatic level of heads of government
b : a conference of highest-level officials (such as heads of government) an economic summit


summited; summiting; summits

Definition of summit (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to participate in a summit conference
2 : to climb to the summit summited on May 29

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summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable. at the summit of the Victorian social scene peak suggests the highest among other high points. an artist working at the peak of her powers pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height. the pinnacle of worldly success climax implies the highest point in an ascending series. the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge. the apex of Dutch culture acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing. a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective. the culmination of years of effort

Examples of summit in a Sentence

Noun The mountain range has summits over 10,000 feet high. The climbers failed to reach the summit. Leaders of several nations attended the economic summit. A summit on global warming was held that year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last Thursday, Gina Raimondo, the Secretary of Commerce, hosted an industry summit on the chip shortage, with executives from companies including Ford and General Motors, as well as Apple and Samsung, which are also competing for semiconductors. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2021 France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the dispute at the top of the bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month. Sylvie Corbet, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 The Administration immediately began planning for an Earth Day climate summit to bring world leaders together and show that the U.S. was back in the climate conversation after years of the Trump Administration’s antagonism on the issue. Justin Worland, Time, 20 Sep. 2021 The move was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week's putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional rule in Mali following a coup last year. Reuters, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Von der Leyen also announced an EU defense summit next year, during the six-month French presidency of the bloc that begins in January, and a joint declaration with NATO before the end of the year., 15 Sep. 2021 The Biden administration is expected to suggest an international summit to discuss the pandemic, and vaccine manufacturing and distribution in particular, around the time of the United Nations General Assembly Meetings later this month. Eve Sneider, Wired, 10 Sep. 2021 However, Biden has stuck to the August date, even after an emergency online summit of the Group of Seven nations. Monika Scislowska,, 25 Aug. 2021 According to the outlet, Ghani was attending an international summit on Central and South Asia. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The nine-person Full Circle Everest Expedition aims to be the first all-Black American team to summit the tallest mountain on the planet next year. Jason Blevins, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The nine-person Full Circle Everest Expedition aims to be the first all-Black American team to summit the tallest mountain on the planet next year. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 In 2019, Khumalo became the first Black African woman to summit Everest; Nima Jangmu Sherpa became the only woman in the world to climb Nepal’s three highest peaks in 2018. Florence Derrick, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 July 2021 For instance, instead of trying to summit one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, find a less strenuous hike with shade and, ideally, water along the route. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Already a number of small-farmer organizations and Indigenous groups chose to boycott the pre-summit and hold their own parallel events. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2021 Although thousands summit it annually, climbing the peak is not without risks and deaths have been recorded on the mountain as recently as this year. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 16 July 2021 Each year, hundreds of people attempt to summit Mount Everest. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2021 The Tribune is writing on easier peaks to summit in Utah. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of summit


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for summit


Middle English somete, from Anglo-French sumet, diminutive of sum top, from Latin summum, neuter of summus highest — more at sum

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“Summit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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sum·​mit | \ ˈsə-mət How to pronounce summit (audio) \

Kids Definition of summit

: the highest point (as of a mountain) : top

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