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.
- sum·mon·a·ble, adjective
- sum·mon·er, noun
- re·sum·mon, verb (used with object)
- un·sum·mon·a·ble, adjective
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How to use summon in a sentence
Not being a part of the classroom ecosystem means he needs to summon great self-determination to daily sit in front of his laptop in his bedroom to attend classes.“I had to beg for books:” Indian international students are living the nightmare of online classes | Amanat Khullar | October 9, 2020 | Quartz
Simple interventions, namely revamping the summons form to emphasize the court date and possibility of arrest and sending text reminders for an upcoming court appearance, help reduce no-show rates, researchers report online October 8 in Science.Easy interventions like revamping forms help people show up to court | Sujata Gupta | October 8, 2020 | Science News
The study evaluated these two policy changes to New York City’s summons process that were gradually phased in during 2016.Easy interventions like revamping forms help people show up to court | Sujata Gupta | October 8, 2020 | Science News
Research suggests that the brain may summon spirits as a means of coping with trauma, especially the pain of losing a loved one.
He and his neighbors watched on cable television as DeJoy, summoned before House and Senate committees in late August, insisted that cost-cutting, not politics, motivated the operational changes.In Detroit, chronic USPS delays undermine voters’ confidence in voting by mail | Lisa Rein, Kayla Ruble | October 5, 2020 | Washington Post
In this case the midwife was afraid to go alone with her summoner, and begged that her husband might accompany her.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
Thus I did until the summoner of death came to my abode, and disasters occurred before me.The Arabian Nights | Unknown
The 3rd represents the Summoner led away, but this time neither to profit nor to pleasure, by his horned companion.
He had a Summoner ready to his hand, who worked under this strict archdeacon with equal severity.
Thank you, said the greedy Summoner; and they shook hands, and promised to be staunch friends and sworn brothers till they died!
British Dictionary definitions for summon
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
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