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Definition of "summons" []

  • A call by an authority to appear, come, or do something. (noun)
  • Law A notice summoning a defendant to appear in court. (noun)
  • Law A notice summoning a person to report to court as a juror or witness. (noun)
  • Law To serve a court summons to. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "summons" in a sentence
  • "But in some ways the phrase summons what has happened in architecture since 9/11."
  • "When the legislature confers on a police officer the same power to deprive an individual of his liberty by arrest with or without a warrant, with all the attendant circumstances, for a trivial offence warranting a fine of a few dollars as it does in the case of robbery or murder, or to arrest when a summons is all that is required, it alienates the public support for law and law enforcement and undermines the authority of all law."
  • "A second messenger interrupted with imperative summons from the council."