subpoena Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"subpoena" in British English

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subpoenaverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈpiː.nə/ specialized
to ​order someone to go to a ​lawcourt to ​answerquestions: A ​friend of the ​victim was subpoenaed as a ​witness by ​lawyersrepresenting the ​accused. [+ to infinitive] They were subpoenaed totestify before the ​judge. to ​order that ​documents must be ​produced in a ​lawcourt

subpoenanoun [C]

uk   us   /səˈpiː.nə/ specialized
a ​legaldocumentordering someone to ​appear in a ​lawcourt: Subpoenas were ​issued to several ​governmentemployees.
(Definition of subpoena from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subpoena" in American English

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subpoenaverb [T]

 us   /səˈpi·nə/ law
social studies to ​order someone to go to a ​court of ​law to ​answerquestions, or to ​order the ​appearance of ​documents in a ​court of ​law: to subpoena a ​witness
subpoena
noun [C]  us   /səˈpi·nə/
law The ​judgeissued a subpoena.
(Definition of subpoena from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"subpoena" in Business English

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subpoenaverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈpiːnə/ LAW
to ​order someone to go to a ​court of ​law to answer ​questions: The ​State Attorney has subpoenaed 10 ​companies that make and ​distributecallingcards in Florida.subpoena sb to do sth Several ​formeremployees of the ​company have been subpoenaed to ​testify before the ​grandjury.
to ​order that ​documents must be ​produced in a ​court of ​law: subpoena documents/records Company ​records were subpoenaed in the ​investigation into ​malpractice.

subpoenanoun [C]

uk   us   /səˈpiːnə/ LAW
a ​legaldocumentordering someone to appear in a ​court of ​law or to ​producedocuments: issue/receive/​serve a subpoenasubpoena for sth The ​company received subpoenas for ​documents and ​testimony about its ​marketingpracticesworldwide
subpoena power the ​power of a ​court, ​committee, etc. to ​order someone to appear and give evidence or ​documents to be ​produced: give/grant/have subpoena power Federal mine ​safetyofficials have subpoena ​power similar to other ​federalagencies.
(Definition of subpoena from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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