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English definition of “summons”

summons

noun [C] uk   /ˈsʌm.ənz/ us  
an order to come and see someone: I sat outside the boss's office awaiting my summons.Inviting and summoning specialized law an official demand to appear in a law court: Mr Clarke's insurance company had issued a summons for unpaid mortgage repayments.Taking legal action
(Definition of summons from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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