- 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 summon
Johnson could not summon a single word when he saw that Wilson had drawn his gun.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
Ullom had failed to summon help and had instead sought to remedy the situation by injecting her twice with cocaine.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
Now you can summon them instantly on your screen, and track their new life post-you… Is he looking older, more haggard?Psychologists View Both Divorce and Marriage as Major Life Stresses
May 12, 2014
For the unitiated, Uber is a hugely popular app that allows people to summon a private car with a few taps of their fingers.Uber’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Surge Pricing. What If It’s Sexual Harassment by Drivers?
March 28, 2014
One minute her words prompt laughs, the next, they summon tears.The Laboratory of Real Life in Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information”
February 21, 2014
We summon all our knowledge of the past and we scan all signs of the future.
If I could summon any one of the three to my aid and comfort I would.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Rising, he called one of the servants, and bade her summon Margaret.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Abruptly the man turned in his chair to summon a waiter, and exposed his profile.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
"I will summon her," said the Lady Abbess, and sank into the ground.Casanova's Homecoming
- 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 summon
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.