[ suhm-uhn ]
/ ˈsʌm ən /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of summon

First recorded in 1175–1225; from Medieval Latin summonēre “to summon,” Latin: “to remind unofficially, suggest,” equivalent to sum- sum- + monēre “to remind, warn”; replacing Middle English somonen, from Old French semondre, somondre, from unattested Vulgar Latin summonere, Latin summonēre, as above

synonym study for summon

1-3. See call.


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How to use summon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for summon

/ (ˈsʌmən) /

verb (tr)
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)

Derived forms of summon

summonable, adjective

Word Origin for summon

C13: from Latin summonēre to give a discreet reminder, from monēre to advise
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