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ˈsʌm ənzsum·mons

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bidding, summonsnoun

    a request to be present

    "they came at his bidding"

  2. summonsnoun

    an order to appear in person at a given place and time

  3. summons, processverb

    a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant

  4. summon, summons, citeverb

    call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summons

    the act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some duty

    Etymology: [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]

  2. Summons

    a warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a witness, or the like

    Etymology: [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]

  3. Summons

    a demand to surrender

    Etymology: [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]

  4. Summonsverb

    to summon

    Etymology: [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]

Freebase

  1. Summons

    Legally, a summons is a legal document issued by a court or by an administrative agency of government for various purposes.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. summons

    A call or invitation to surrender.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of summons in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of summons in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of summons in a Sentence

  1. Scott Fowler:

    She really believes she hears the faint cries of an infant. She summons her husband, who is a self-employed grading contractor. He arrives in the area and descends about a 75-foot ravine to find the child alone with a car seat over the bank.

  2. Jerry Garry:

    From an environmental point of view, obviously the slurry discharge... has already caused damage to the ocean and the livelihood of the people because they will not be swimming and they will not be fishing in the area any more, there will be summons to pay compensation. There will be other punishment imposed by CEPA. I'm really not too sure as to what the nature of the penalties may be.

  3. Agatha Christie:

    I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.

  4. Frederick Buechner:

    Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.

  5. John Dryden:

    All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. denudate
    • B. abase
    • C. affront
    • D. summon

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