Definition of summons verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

summons

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they summons
BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənz//
 
he / she / it summonses
BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənzɪz//
 
past simple summonsed
BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənzd//
 
past participle summonsed
BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənzd//
 
-ing form summonsing
BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənzɪŋ//
 
 
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to order somebody to appear in court synonym summon summons somebody (for something) She was summonsed for speeding. The police summonsed him for speeding. summons somebody to do something He was summonsed to appear in court. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French sumunse, from an alteration of Latin summonita, feminine past participle of summonere ‘give a hint’, later ‘call, summon’, from sub- ‘secretly’ + monere ‘warn’.
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