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"summon" in British English

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summonverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsʌm.ən/
  • summon verb [T] (ORDER)

C2 to ​order someone to come to or be ​present at a ​particularplace, or to ​officiallyarrange a ​meeting of ​people: General Rattigan summoned reinforcements to ​helpresist the ​attack. On 20 ​July, the ​towncouncil was summoned tohear an ​emergencyreport on ​itsfinances. We were summoned to the headmaster's ​office.

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(Definition of summon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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summonverb [T]

 us   /ˈsʌm·ən/
to ​order someone come to a ​particularplace, or to ​officiallytell someone to be ​present: The ​president summoned an ​emergencymeeting of his advisers. I have been summoned to ​appear in ​court. To summon is also to ​find, ​call, or ​gather together something for use: I couldn't summon any ​strength. He summoned up enough ​energy to ​prepare a ​revision of his ​novel. To summon is also to ​remember or ​imagine something: He ​recollects the ​streets of ​Paris when he was a ​student and summons up the ​faces of ​fellowstudents.
(Definition of summon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"summon" in Business English

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summonverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsʌmən/
MEETINGS to ​officially tell someone to be in a particular ​place, or be ​present for a particular ​purpose: be summoned to sth Intelligence ​officials were summoned to Capitol Hill today to ​talk about ​globalsecurity threats.
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(Definition of summon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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