- 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 summoned
He has been summoned from the command post the NYPD has maintained for a decade just up the street.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
So outraged he swung into action and summoned the former Baltimore Ravens running back to the NFL Vatican on Park Avenue.The $44 Million Teflon Don of the NFL
November 30, 2014
Shostakovich was briefly in Moscow, and he was summoned to the theater.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
ISIS had summoned him from the Talesh area in the Guilan province north of Tehran, to perform the unholy duty.Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS
Jassem Al Salami
October 9, 2014
Cheap help could also be summoned from graduate students needing credit and/or work-study hours.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them
October 4, 2014
She awoke Milza, and desired that the household might be summoned.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I summoned him to an interview, and informed him in decided terms that I must be master in my own ship.Brave and Bold
You have summoned me in my weakness; you must sustain me by your strength.
The American people have summoned the change we celebrate today.
So, before Austin spoke, she half divined why he had summoned her.Viviette
William J. Locke
- 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 summoned
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.