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summon

[suhm-uh n] /ˈsʌm ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to call upon to do something specified.
2.
to call for the presence of, as by command, message, or signal; call.
3.
to call or notify to appear at a specified place, especially before a court:
to summon a defendant.
4.
to authorize or order a gathering of; call together by authority, as for deliberation or action:
to summon parliament.
5.
to call into action; rouse; call forth (often. followed by up):
to summon all one's courage.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; < Medieval Latin summonēre to summon, Latin: to remind unofficially, suggest, equivalent to sum- sum- + monēre to remind, warn; replacing Middle English somonen < Old French semondre, somondre < Vulgar Latin *summonere, Latin summonēre, as above
Related forms
summonable, adjective
summoner, noun
resummon, verb (used with object)
unsummonable, adjective
unsummoned, adjective
Synonyms
1-3. See call.
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British Dictionary definitions for summoning

summon

/ˈsʌmən/
verb (transitive)
1.
to order to come; send for, esp to attend court, by issuing a summons
2.
to order or instruct (to do something) or call (to something): the bell summoned them to their work
3.
to call upon to meet or convene
4.
(often foll by up) to muster or gather (one's strength, courage, etc)
Derived Forms
summonable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin summonēre to give a discreet reminder, from monēre to advise
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Word Origin and History for summoning

summon

v.

c.1200, from Anglo-French, Old French sumundre "summon," from Vulgar Latin *summundre "to call, cite," from Latin summonere "hint to," from sub "under" + monere "warn, advise" (see monitor (n.)). Summons "authoritative call to be at a certain place for a certain purpose" is late 13c., from Old French sumunse, noun use of fem. past participle of somondre. Summoner "petty officer who cites persons to appear in court" is from early 14c.; contracted form sumner is from mid-14c.

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