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summons

[suhm-uh nz] /ˈsʌm ənz/
noun, plural summonses.
1.
an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
2.
a request, demand, or call to do something:
a summons to surrender.
3.
Law.
  1. a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
  2. the writ by which the call is made.
4.
an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
5.
a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.
verb (used with object)
6.
to serve with a summons; summon.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English somons < Anglo-French; Old French somonse < Vulgar Latin *summonsa, for Latin summonita, feminine past participle of summonēre; see summon
Related forms
nonsummons, noun
resummons, noun, plural resummonses.
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summons

/ˈsʌmənz/
noun (pl) -monses
1.
a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
2.
  1. an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
  2. the writ making such an order Compare warrant
3.
a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
verb
4.
to take out a summons against (a person)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French somonse, from somondre to summon
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