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summon

[ 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

1175–1225; <Medieval Latin summonēre to summon, Latin: to remind unofficially, suggest, equivalent to sum-sum- + monēre to remind, warn; replacing Middle English somonen<Old French semondre,somondre<Vulgar Latin *summonere,Latin summonēre, as above
1-3. See call.
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British Dictionary definitions for summon

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