an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
the writ by which the call is made.
an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.
to serve with a summons; summon.
- non·sum·mons, noun
- re·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
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How to use summons in a sentence
Miss Stark, 56, has been summonsed to appear before Hammersmith magistrates on Friday.Sad Decline of Andrew's ex: Koo Stark to Appear in Court on Theft Charges | Tom Sykes | October 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
We often hear such expressions as "I will summons him," instead of summon him; and "He was summonsed," instead of summoned.The Verbalist | Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
And the farmer is going to find some of his friends in town and get the brute summonsed in the police-court.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4 | Lucian of Samosata
Dangerous witnesses were shipped to places whence they could not be summonsed.In a Little Town | Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for summons
a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
the writ making such an order: Compare warrant
a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
to take out a summons against (a person)
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