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English definition of “subpoena”

subpoena

verb [T]     /səˈpiː.nə/ specialized
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
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