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Noun: summons  sú-munz
  1. A request to be present
    "they came at his summons";
    - bidding
  2. An order to appear in person at a given place and time
  3. (law) a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
    - process
Verb: summons  sú-munz
  1. Call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    - summon, cite
Verb: summon  sú-mun
  1. Ask to come
    "summon a lawyer"
  2. Cause to become available for use, either literally or figuratively
    "running into an old friend summoned up memories of her childhood";
    - call up
  3. Gather or bring together
    "Summon all your courage";
    - muster, rally, come up, muster up
  4. Make ready for action or use
    "summon resources";
    - mobilize, mobilise [Brit], marshal

Derived forms: summonsed, summonses, summonsing

Type of: call, collect, create, garner, gather, invitation, judicial writ, make, order, pull together, send for, writ

Encyclopedia: Summons