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"summons" in British English

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summonsnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsʌm.ənz/
law an ​officialdemand to ​appear in a ​lawcourt: He was given/​served with a summons toappear in ​court. Mr Clarke's ​insurancecompany had issued a summons forunpaidmortgagerepayments. formal an ​order to come and ​see someone: They ​sat there as if they were ​waiting for some ​sort of summons.
(Definition of summons from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"summons" in American English

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summonsnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsʌm·ənz/ (plural summonses)
a ​demand to ​appear in a ​particularplace, 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   us   /ˈsʌmənz/ (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; ​postalservice 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   us   /ˈsʌmənz/ (also summon) LAW
to ​order someone to appear in a ​court of ​law: Prosecutors summonsed several ​residents to the Grafton County ​grandjury. I have been summoned for ​juryservice and must appear at Middlesex Crown Court on July 31.
(Definition of summons from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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