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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.


  1. summon

    To summon means to call upon someone or something to be present or to appear, often through the use of authority or power. This could be for various purposes such as for assistance, consultation, taking part in legal proceedings, or even in a supernatural context. It can also refer to the act of conjuring up feelings or memories within oneself.

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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    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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Pete Buttigieg:

    If our troops can summon the courage to go overseas, the least our members of Congress should be able to do is summon the courage and take a vote on whether they ought to be there.

  4. Siamak Namazi:

    They allowed him to leave, to join the rest of our family and to receive the care that he needed for his life-threatening condition, i can only hope that they summon that same spirit of humanity to do what is needed on their part, so that the rest of us — Morad, Emad and I — can also be reunited with our families, and to start putting this dark past behind us.

  5. Christopher Reeve, From speech at Democratic National Convention, August 1996:

    So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

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