- To summon is to call up or evoke.
An example of to summon is to gather up courage to jump from a high diving board.
- To summon is to order to meet, to bring together or to order to come.
- An example of to summon is to ask for someone to come to your room.
- An example of to summon is to call for a meeting.
- An example of to summon is to send a legal order.
- to call together; order to meet or convene
- to order to come or appear; call for or send for with authority or urgency
- to order, as by a summons, to appear in court
- to call upon to do something
- to call forth; rouse: often with up: summon up your courage
Origin of summonMiddle English somonen from Old French somondre from Vulgar Latin an unverified form submonere, for Classical Latin summonere, to remind privily from sub-, under, secretly + monere, to advise, warn: see monitor
transitive verbsum·moned, sum·mon·ing, sum·mons
- a. To call together; convene: summon a meeting of officials. See Synonyms at call.b. To request to appear; send for: summon a doctor to help an injured man.
- To order to take a specified action; bid: summon the captain to surrender.
- a. To bring to mind or remember. Often used with up: We tried to summon up an image of our childhood friend.b. To cause one to think of (something); evoke. Often used with up: “Badly cured hippie fur … maté, and paraffin heating oil are the scents that summon up my remembrance of the late sixties” ( Judith Thurman )
- To bring into existence or readiness. Often used with up: “He summoned up a smile, though it seemed to take all his strength” ( Colin Turnbull )
Origin of summonMiddle English somonden from Old French somondre from Vulgar Latin summonere from Latin summonēre to remind privately, hint to sub- secretly ; see sub- . monēre to warn ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present summons, present participle summoning, simple past and past participle summoned)