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  1. the highest point or part, as of a hill, a line of travel, or any object; top; apex.
  2. the highest point of attainment or aspiration: the summit of one's ambition.
  3. the highest state or degree.
  4. the highest level of diplomatic or other governmental officials: a meeting at the summit.
  5. summit meeting.
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  1. of or relating to a summit meeting: summit talks.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to take part in a summit meeting.
  2. to reach a summit: summited after a 14-hour climb.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to reach the summit of.
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Origin of summit

1425–75; late Middle English somete < Old French, equivalent to som top (< Latin summum, noun use of neuter of summus highest; see sum) + -ete -et
Related formssum·mit·al, adjectivesum·mit·less, adjectivemin·i·sum·mit, nounpre·sum·mit, adjective, noun


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1. base.


  1. a city in NE New Jersey.
  2. a city in NE Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for summit


  1. the highest point or part, esp of a mountain or line of communication; top
  2. the highest possible degree or state; peak or climaxthe summit of ambition
  3. the highest level, importance, or ranka meeting at the summit
    1. a meeting of chiefs of governments or other high officials
    2. (as modifier)a summit conference
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Derived Formssummital, adjectivesummitless, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French somet, diminutive of som, from Latin summum; see sum 1
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Word Origin and History for summit


late 15c., from Middle French somete, from Old French sommette, diminutive of som, sum "highest part, top of a hill," from Latin summum, noun use of neuter of summus "highest," related to super "over" (see super-). The meaning "meeting of heads of state" (1950) is from Winston Churchill's metaphor of "a parley at the summit."

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