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Summons (plural Summonses)
  1. A call to do something, especially to come.
  2. (law) A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness.


Summons (third-person singular simple present summonses, present participle summonsing, simple past and past participle summonsed)

  1. (transitive) To serve someone with a summons.
    • 2007: It proposes that those held in the prototype Selfridges cells be kept for a maximum of four hours to have their identity confirmed and be charged, summonsed or given a fine. — The Guardian, 15 Mar 2007, p. 1

See also



  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon.

Adjectives for Summons

emphatic; collective; peremptory; gracious petulant; authoritative; coincident; silent final; hasty; urgent; dread; long-waited vociferous; strange.

Verbs for Summons

abrogate—; announce—; answer—; countermand—; dismiss—; dispatch—; enforce—; heed—; ignore—; nullify—; quash—; serve with—; —apprehends; —arraigns; —bids; —cites; —coerces; —commands; —demands ; —directs; —informs; —notifies; orders.


Angelus, Angelus bell, alarm, alarum, battle cry, beck, beck and call, bid, bid come, biddance, bidding, birdcall, bugle call, call, call away, call back, call for, call forth, call in, call out, call together, call up, call-up, calling, calling forth, certiorari, citation, cite, compulsory military service, conjure, conjure up, conscription, convene, convocation, convoke, demand, draft, draft call, drafting, engraved invitation, enlistment, enrollment, evocation, evoke, garnishment, habeas corpus, impressment, indent, induction, invitation, invite, invocation, invoke, last post, levy, mobilization, monition, moose call, muster, muster up, nod, order up, page, preconization, preconize, press, rallying cry, rebel yell, recall, recruiting, recruitment, requisition, reveille, selective service, send after, send for, serve, subpoena, summon, summon forth, summon up, taps, trumpet call, venire, venire de novo, venire facias, war cry, warrant, whistle, writ, writ of summons


  • IPA: /ˈsʌmənz/

Etymology 1

From Old French sumunce (modern French semonce), from popular Latin *summonsa, a noun use of the feminine past participle of summonere ‘to summon’.

Etymology 2

Inflected forms.