summon
transitive verb (summoned; summoning) Etymology: Middle English somnen, somonen, from Anglo-French somondre, from Vulgar Latin *summonere, alteration of Latin summonēre to remind secretly, from sub- secretly + monēre to warn — more at sub-, mind Date: 13th century 1. to issue a call to convene ; convoke 2. to command by service of a summons to appear in court 3. to call upon for specified action 4. to bid to come ; send for <
summon a physician
>
5. to call forth ; evoke — often used with upsummonable adjectivesummoner noun Synonyms: summon, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of. summon implies the exercise of authority <
was summoned to answer charges
>
. call may be used less formally for summon <
called the legislature into special session
>
. cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge <
cited for drunken driving
>
. convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes <
convoked a Vatican council
>
. convene is somewhat less formal than convoke <
convened the students
>
. muster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole <
mustered the troops
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • summon — summon, summons, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of persons or, by extension, things. Summon implies the exercise of authority or of power; it usually suggests a mandate, an imperative order or bidding, or urgency …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Summon — Sum mon, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Summoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Summoning}.] [OE. somonen, OF. sumundre, semondre, F. semondre, from (assumed) LL. summon[e^]re, for L. summon[=e]re to give a hint; sub under + monere to admonish, to warn. See {Monition} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • summon — sum·mon vt: to command by service of a summons to appear in court Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. summon I …   Law dictionary

  • summon — summon, summons Summon is a verb only, whereas summons is a noun and verb. A summons (plural summonses) is an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, and to summons someone is to issue them with a summons. Summon is the ordinary word… …   Modern English usage

  • summon — c.1200, from Anglo Fr., O.Fr. sumundre summon, from V.L. *summundre to call, cite, from L. summonere hint to, from sub under + monere warn, advise (see MONITOR (Cf. monitor) (n.)). Summons authoritative call to be at a certain place for a certa …   Etymology dictionary

  • summon — ► VERB 1) authoritatively call on (someone) to be present, especially to appear in a law court. 2) urgently demand (help). 3) call people to attend (a meeting). 4) cause (a quality or reaction) to emerge from within oneself: she managed to summon …   English terms dictionary

  • summon — [sum′ən] vt. [ME somonen < OFr somondre < VL * submonere, for L summonere, to remind privily < sub , under, secretly + monere, to advise, warn: see MONITOR] 1. to call together; order to meet or convene 2. to order to come or appear;… …   English World dictionary

  • summon — UK US /ˈsʌmən/ verb [T] ► MEETINGS to officially tell someone to be in a particular place, or be present for a particular purpose: be summoned to sth »Intelligence officials were summoned to Capitol Hill today to talk about global security… …   Financial and business terms

  • summon — [v] call to a place arouse, ask, assemble, beckon, beep, bid, call, call back, call for, call forth, call in, call into action, call together, call upon, charge, cite, command, conjure, convene, convoke, direct, draft, draw on, enjoin, gather,… …   New thesaurus

  • summon */*/ — UK [ˈsʌmən] / US verb [transitive] Word forms summon : present tense I/you/we/they summon he/she/it summons present participle summoning past tense summoned past participle summoned 1) formal to officially order someone to come to a place,… …   English dictionary

  • summon — sum|mon [ sʌmən ] verb transitive ** 1. ) FORMAL to officially order someone to come to a place, especially a court of law: summon someone to something: He was urgently summoned to Washington for consultations. summon someone to do something: She …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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