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English definition of “subpoena”

subpoena

verb [T] uk   /səˈpiː.nə/ specialized us  
to order someone to go to a law court to answer questions: A friend of the victim was subpoenaed as a witness by lawyers representing the accused. [+ to infinitive] They were subpoenaed to testify before the judge.Taking legal action to order that documents must be produced in a law courtTaking legal action

subpoena

noun [C] uk   /səˈpiː.nə/ specialized us  
a legal document ordering someone to appear in a law court: Subpoenas were issued to several government employees.Taking legal action
(Definition of subpoena from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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