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summons

[ suhm-uhnz ]
/ ˈsʌm ənz /
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noun, plural sum·mons·es.

an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
Law.
  1. a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
  2. 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.

verb (used with object)

to serve with a summons; summon.

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Origin of summons

1250–1300; Middle English somons<Anglo-French; Old French somonse<Vulgar Latin *summonsa, for Latin summonita, feminine past participle of summonēre;see summon

OTHER WORDS FROM summons

non·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
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How to use summons in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for summons

summons
/ (ˈsʌmənz) /

noun plural -monses

a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
  1. an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
  2. the writ making such an orderCompare warrant
a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting

verb

to take out a summons against (a person)

Word Origin for summons

C13: from Old French somonse, from somondre to summon
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