Meaning of “summon” in the English Dictionary

"summon" in British English

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summonverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsʌm.ən/ us /ˈsʌm.ən/

summon verb [ T ] (ORDER)

C2 to order someone to come to or be present at a particular place, or to officially arrange a meeting of people:

General Rattigan summoned reinforcements to help resist the attack.
On 20 July, the town council was summoned to hear an emergency report on its finances.
We were summoned to the headmaster's office.

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  • Late last night, the French ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office to discuss the crisis.
  • After her month's sick leave, she was summoned to see the company's welfare officer.
  • He summoned his troops.
  • We were summoned to the headmaster's office.
  • She summoned us to admire her new greenhouse.

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

"summon" in American English

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summonverb [ T ]

us /ˈsʌm·ən/

to order someone come to a particular place, or to officially tell someone to be present:

The president summoned an emergency meeting 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 fellow students.

(Definition of “summon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"summon" in Business English

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summonverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsʌmən/ us

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 global security threats.

LAW →  summons verb

(Definition of “summon” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)