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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.

  1. the highest state or degree.

  2. the highest level of diplomatic or other governmental officials: a meeting at the summit.

  1. of or relating to a summit meeting: summit talks.

verb (used without object)
  1. to take part in a summit meeting.

  2. to reach a summit: summited after a 14-hour climb.

verb (used with object)
  1. to reach the summit of.

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

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Other words from summit

  • sum·mit·al, adjective
  • sum·mit·less, adjective
  • min·i·sum·mit, noun
  • pre·sum·mit, adjective, noun

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[ suhm-it ]

  1. a city in NE New Jersey.

  2. a city in NE Illinois. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use summit in a sentence

  • Three days later he was in Switzerland, and a few days later again he was on the summit of a minor but still difficult peak.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • At last he came to quite a hill, on the summit of which grew a tree with branches close to the ground.

  • It was held to be certain death to climb to its summit, and foolhardy in the extreme to go far up its sides.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • He swam with her upon the summit of the breaking Wave, lifted upon its crest, swept onward irresistibly.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • A moment later the road led up a hill-side, and at the summit she caught his bridle and reined in.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for summit


/ (ˈsʌmɪt) /

  1. the highest point or part, esp of a mountain or line of communication; top

  2. the highest possible degree or state; peak or climax: the summit of ambition

  1. the highest level, importance, or rank: a meeting at the summit

    • a meeting of chiefs of governments or other high officials

    • (as modifier): a summit conference

Origin of summit

C15: from Old French somet, diminutive of som, from Latin summum; see sum 1

Derived forms of summit

  • summital, adjective
  • summitless, adjective

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