- 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.
summon definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English somonen ; from Old French somondre ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form submonere, for Classical Latin summonere, to remind privily ; from sub-, under, secretly plush monere, to advise, warn: see monitor
- summoner noun
summon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb sum·moned, sum·mon·ing, sum·mons
- To call together; convene.
- To request to appear; send for. See Synonyms at call.
- Law To order to appear in court by the issuance of a summons.
- To order to take a specified action; bid: summon the captain to surrender.
- To call forth; evoke: “He summoned up a smile, though it seemed to take all his strength” (Colin Turnbull).
Origin: Middle English somonen, 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.
- sumˈmon·er noun