Meaning of “summons” in the English Dictionary

"summons" in British English

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

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summonsnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsʌm·ənz/ plural summonses

a demand to appear in a particular place, esp. in a court of law:

I received a summons to appear in court on June 25th.

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

"summons" in Business English

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summonsnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsʌmənz/ us plural summonses LAW

an order for someone to appear in a court of law:

One newspaper reporter was given a summons for disorderly conduct.
They will be issued a summons to appear before the U.S. District Court in Richmond.
Service of the summons does not have to be effected in person; postal service is likely to be sufficient.
issue/serve/send a summons Proctor will be served a summons with a date to appear in court to answer the charges.
receive/get/be given a summons Approximately half of defendants receive a summons rather than being brought into custody.

summonsverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsʌmənz/ us also summon LAW

to order someone to appear in a court of law:

Prosecutors summonsed several residents to the Grafton County grand jury.
I have been summoned for jury service and must appear at Middlesex Crown Court on July 31.

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