What does summon mean?

Definitions for summon
ˈsʌm ənsum·mon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. summon, summons, citeverb

    call in an official matter, such as to attend court

  2. summonverb

    ask to come

    "summon a lawyer"

  3. muster, rally, summon, come up, muster upverb

    gather or bring together

    "muster the courage to do something"; "she rallied her intellect"; "Summon all your courage"

  4. mobilize, mobilise, marshal, summonverb

    make ready for action or use

    "marshal resources"


  1. summonverb

    To call people together; to convene.

  2. summonverb

    To ask someone to come; to send for.

  3. summonverb

    To order someone to appear in court, especially by issuing a summons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summonverb

    to call, bid, or cite; to notify to come to appear; -- often with up

  2. Summonverb

    to give notice to, or command to appear, as in court; to cite by authority; as, to summon witnesses

  3. Summonverb

    to call upon to surrender, as a fort

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Summon

    sum′un, v.t. to call with authority: to command to appear, esp. in court: to rouse to exertion.—ns. Summ′oner; Summ′ons, a summoning or an authoritative call: a call to appear, esp. in court: a call to surrender.—v.t. to serve with a summons. [O. Fr. somoner—L. summonēresub, secretly, monēre, to warn.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. summon

    To call upon to surrender; as, to summon a fort.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'summon' in Verbs Frequency: #885

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of summon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of summon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of summon in a Sentence

  1. Ted Kennedy:

    With profound sadness, I share the news that the search for my beloved daughter Maeve McKean and grandson Gideon has turned from rescue to recovery, my heart is crushed, yet we shall try to summon the grace of God and what strength we have to honor the hope, energy and passion that Maeve McKean and Gideon set forth into the world.


    Belief, courage and determination are the stuffs that champions or winners are made of. Thus, you've got to pluck up courage i.e. summon up enough courage and deal with whatever that dares to frighten or challenge you. ~Emeasoba George

  3. Dick Morris:

    We obviously couldn’t attack age directly because of older voters, what we did is adopt a whole strategy based on issues that would summon the memories and ideas of age without articulating it.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

  5. Dave Chappelle:

    But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody's demands.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. ambidextrous
    • B. occlusive
    • C. unsealed
    • D. equivalent

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