• IPA: /ˈsʌ.mənz/

summons (plural summonses)

  1. A call to do something, especially to come.
    • special summonses by the king
    • this summons […] unfit either to dispute or disobey
    • He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
  2. (legal) A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness.
  3. (military) A demand for surrender.
Translations Translations Verb

summons (summonses, present participle summonsing; past and past participle summonsed)

  1. (transitive) To serve someone with a summons. [17th C.]
  1. third-person singular form of summon

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