- to call upon to do something specified.
- to call for the presence of, as by command, message, or signal; call.
- to call or notify to appear at a specified place, especially before a court: to summon a defendant.
- to authorize or order a gathering of; call together by authority, as for deliberation or action: to summon parliament.
- to call into action; rouse; call forth (often. followed by up): to summon all one's courage.
Origin of summon
Examples from the Web for unsummoned
Had it been in the next room, unsummoned I could make no use of my knowledge.The Secret of Charlotte Bront
The Archbishop of Sens prevailed on Becket to be, unsummoned, in the neighborhood.Life of Thomas Becket
Henry Hart Milman
The last question was addressed to Hedges, who had come in unsummoned.Elster's Folly
Mrs. Henry Wood
When he had dismissed the last one and thought himself alone, a late-comer entered, unexpected and unsummoned.Martin Eden
Unsummoned there visited him a melody, heard long since, the accompaniment of a song of love.A Transient Guest
- to order to come; send for, esp to attend court, by issuing a summons
- to order or instruct (to do something) or call (to something)the bell summoned them to their work
- to call upon to meet or convene
- (often foll by up) to muster or gather (one's strength, courage, etc)
Word Origin and History for unsummoned
c.1200, from Anglo-French, Old French sumundre "summon," from Vulgar Latin *summundre "to call, cite," from Latin summonere "hint to," from sub "under" + monere "warn, advise" (see monitor (n.)). Summons "authoritative call to be at a certain place for a certain purpose" is late 13c., from Old French sumunse, noun use of fem. past participle of somondre. Summoner "petty officer who cites persons to appear in court" is from early 14c.; contracted form sumner is from mid-14c.