• Mr. Rivers had summoned both boys to his study
    Mr. Rivers had summoned both boys to his study
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v summon make ready for action or use "marshal resources"
    • v summon call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • v summon ask to come "summon a lawyer"
    • v summon gather or bring together "muster the courage to do something","she rallied her intellect","Summon all your courage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Summon (Mil) To call upon to surrender, as a fort.
    • Summon To call, bid, or cite; to notify to come to appear; -- often with up. "Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.""Trumpets summon him to war."
    • Summon To give notice to, or command to appear, as in court; to cite by authority; as, to summon witnesses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • summon To call, cite, or notify by authority to appear at a place specified, to attend in person to some public duty, or to assume a certain rank or dignity; especially, to command to appear in court: as, to summon a jury; to summon witnesses.
    • summon To call; send for; ask the presence or attendance of, literally or figuratively.
    • summon To call on to do some specified act; warn; especially, to call upon to surrender: as, to summon a fort.
    • summon To arouse; excite into action or exertion; raise: with up.
    • summon Synonyms and Invite, Convoke, etc. (see call), convene, assemble.
    • n summon An invitation, request, or order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Summon sum′un to call with authority: to command to appear, esp. in court: to rouse to exertion
    • v.t Summon to serve with a summons
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.”
  • John Dryden
    “All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.”
  • John Dryden
    “All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.”
  • John Burroughs
    “One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. somonen, OF. sumundre, semondre, F. semondre, from (assumed) LL. summonĕre, for L. summonēre, to give a hint; sub, under + monere, to admonish, to warn. See Monition, and cf. Submonish


In literature:

The drum then beat to quarters, and all hands were summoned on deck.
"The Heir of Kilfinnan" by W.H.G. Kingston
The summons to submit the Queen's claim of succession to the judgement of Rome produced its old effect.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Terrified by his looks, she yet summoned courage sufficient to approach him.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Aunt Caroline had summoned me about eleven in the morning.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
I recollect being summoned to my mother's room late one evening, just about my bedtime.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
After dinner Mrs. Barrington summoned Miss Arran and laid the matter before her.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Minerva went, that she might summon thence Ulysses' glorious son to his own home.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
To summon the Estates was a virtual confession that absolutism in France was at an end.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
He again appeared before the walls of Fort Quebec, and summoned it to surrender.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
He summoned Luther to Rome, to be tried by Prierias.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord

In poetry:

The mountain throne once more is freed!
O! Wandering folk, the summons heed!
Come haste! Come haste! Across the waste!
The king of friend and kin has need.
"Over The Misty Mountains Cold" by J R R Tolkien
Art waiting (for thy work is done),
The summons which shall take thee hence away,
To gain the glory thou hast won,
And wear the crown that only brave ones may.
"Lines, to Mr. Samuel Bamford, on his seventy-sixth birthday, February 28th, 1864." by Samuel Bamford
Father, to thee I bow!
In very love hast thou
Thy children summoned from earth's toils and tears.
Uphold me by thy strength,
Until I join, at length,
The friends thou gavest to my earliest years.
"My Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters" by John Pierpont
Here wakened our history first,
Here Halfdan dreamed of greatness erst,
In vision of hope beholding
The kingdom's future unfolding,
And Nore stood and summons gave,
While forth to conquest called the wave.
"Norse Nature" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Did he know the true deep meaning of his blessing? No! he never
Heard afar the summons uttered—"Come up hither"—Never knew
How the awful Angel faces kept his sleeping boy for ever,
And for ever in their view.
"Poems - Written On The Deaths Of Three Lovely Children" by Jean Ingelow
Hark the summons! they are greeting;
Dire their friendship, wind and wave;
Sayst thou, man, but two are meeting?
Mock them on, and find thy grave;
Mock with mind and fiery will;
They have mightier power and skill.
"The Oceanides VII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury

In news:

Forty-three years ago, when I reached what my grandfather imagined to be the eve of puberty, I was summoned to spend the weekend with him at his house in rural Connecticut.
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA — Two people were arrested for DWI and a third was issued a summons after a man was found driving a vehicle with two children as his passengers.
GENK, Belgium (AP) — A union leader says Ford officials have summoned union representatives from its Genk, Belgium, factory to an urgent meeting Wednesday.
14 am Sunday, summoning firefighters to Lanz Boiler Repair, 3405 N W 38th Ave, in the Grass Valley area.
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — An East Baton Rouge Police Officer accused of forging misdemeanor summons is facing more charges this evening.
NEW CASTLE — Multiple fire departments were summoned to an Ellwood City business Sunday evening.
Canton Hobby Lobby employees summoned police after they recognized the suspect based on information provided by an Indiana store, Schreiner said.
Canton Hobby Lobby employees summoned police after they recognized the suspect based on information provided by an Indiana store, Schreiner said.
A passing aide who saw the resident in distress summoned help.
Troopers said in a dispatch they issued the summons and $160 citation for Ricky L Towery, 53, in Hoonah on Saturday.
Cold weather summons creepy crawlers into homes.
(AP) — Hall of Famer John Elway has been summoned by the Denver Broncos for one more comeback.
If those friends call 911 to summon emergency help and cooperate with police they'll be immune from prosecution.
Obama summons world leaders to reject extremism .
Tama firefighters were summoned at 3:45 pm Sunday, Dec 2, to a fire in a house at the Outback Campgrounds, three miles west of Tama.

In science:

This time we summon them to provide isospectral Cayley graphs.
Isospectral Cayley graphs of some finite simple groups
Finally in section 6 we summon our results and some questions we are still faced with.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability