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Definition of summon verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they summon
    he / she / it summons
    past simple summoned
    -ing form summoning
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  1. 1summon somebody (to do something) (formal) to order someone to appear in court synonym summons He was summoned to appear before the magistrates.
  2. 2summon somebody (to something) summon somebody to do something (formal) to order someone to come to you In May 1688 he was urgently summoned to London. She summoned the waiter. He was summoned before the board of directors.
  3. 3summon something (formal) to arrange an official meeting synonym convene to summon a meeting
  4. 4summon something (formal) to call for or try to obtain something to summon assistance/help/reinforcements
  5. 5summon something (up) to make an effort to produce a particular quality in yourself, especially when you find it difficult synonym muster She was trying to summon up the courage to leave him. I couldn't even summon the energy to get out of bed.
  6. Phrasal Verbssummon somethingup
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