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Definitions for summons
ˈsʌm ənzsum·mons

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bidding, summons(noun)

    a request to be present

    "they came at his bidding"

  2. summons(noun)

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

  3. summons, process(verb)

    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, cite(verb)

    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. Summons(verb)

    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. John Dryden:

    All human things are subject to decay,And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obeyThis Flecknoe found, who like Augustus youngWas call'd to empire, and had govern'd longIn prose and verse, was own'd, without disputeThrough all the realms of nonsense, absolute.

  3. John Dryden:

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

  4. Justin Moore:

    There are no winners today obviously, this presents a great issue for parents in the state of Texas. They don't know how to proceed when they have a child put in this condition as Payton Summons has been put in. So I believe our fight is going to continue on in order to carve out some real narrow language in the law to provide courts, lawyers and parents guidance because that's what they need in times like this.

  5. District Judge Margot Coleman:

    Having considered all the relevant factors I am satisfied that this is a proper case to issue the summons as requested for the three offences as drafted, this means the proposed defendant will be required to attend this court for a preliminary hearing, and the case will then be sent to the Crown Court for trial.

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