Summons meaning

sŭmənz
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A call by an authority to appear, come, or do something.
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A call, command, knock, or other signal that summons.
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To order to appear in or report to court by means of a summons.

The defendant was summonsed to the district court.

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To serve with a summons.
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(informal) To serve a court summons upon.
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Third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon.
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A written notice for a person to appear before a court under penalty of having a judgment entered against that person for failing to appear; a written notice to a person to appear for jury duty; a written notice to appear in court to testify as a witness in a case. Synonymous with subpoena.
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A call to do something, especially to come.
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(law) A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness.
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(military) A demand for surrender.
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To serve someone with a summons.
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Origin of summons

  • Middle English somons from Old French somonse from feminine past participle of somondre to summon summon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French sumunce (modern French semonce), from popular Latin *summonsa, a noun use of the feminine past participle of summoneō, summonÄ“re (“to summon").

    From Wiktionary

  • Inflected forms.

    From Wiktionary