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subpoenaverb [T]

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

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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 distribute calling cards in Florida.subpoena sb to do sth Several former employees of the company have been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury.
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 legal document ordering someone to appear in a court of law or to produce documents: issue/receive/serve a subpoenasubpoena for sth The company received subpoenas for documents and testimony about its marketing practices worldwide
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 safety officials have subpoena power similar to other federal agencies.
(Definition of subpoena from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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