1. To call, bid, or cite; to notify to come to appear; often with up. "Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood." (Shak) "Trumpets summon him to war." (Dryden)

2. To give notice to, or command to appear, as in court; to cite by authority; as, to summon witnesses.

3. To call upon to surrender, as a fort.

Synonyms: To call, cite, notify, convene, convoke, excite, invite, bid. See Call.

Origin: OE. Somonen, OF. Sumundre, semondre, F. Semondre, from (assumed) LL. Summonere, for L. Summonere to give a hint; sub under + monere to admonish, to warn. See Monition, and cf. Submonish.

(01 Mar 1998)

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