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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUMMONverb

    Etymology: summoneo, Latin.

    Catesby, found lord Hastings,
    And summon him to-morrow to the Tower. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    The course of method summoneth me to discourse of the inhabitants. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

    The tirsan is assisted by the governour of the city, where the feast is celebrated, and all the persons of both sexes are summoned to attend. Francis Bacon.

    Rely on what thou hast of virtue, summon all. John Milton.

    Nor trumpets summon him to war,
    Nor drums disturb his morning sleep. Dryden.

    Love, duty, safety, summon us away;
    ’Tis nature’s voice, and nature we obey. Alexander Pope.

    When the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

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. Dave Chappelle:

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

  2. Nguyen Quang:

    They (the police) summon them and find reasons to convict them under those very fuzzy articles of criminal law. It completely violates the law but they use it very regularly.

  3. 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.

  4. Thomas Arnold:

    The recent coverage of AI as a single, unified power is a predictable upshot of a self-aggrandizing Silicon Valley culture that believes it can summon a Godhead.

  5. Nayib Bukele:

    If those shameless people don't approve the plan of territorial control, we'll summon you here again (next) Sunday.

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    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
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