Definition for SUM'MON

SUM'MON, v.t. [L. submoneo; sub and moneo; Fr. sommer. See Admonish.]

  1. To call, cite or notify by authority to appear at a place specified, or to attend in person to some public duty, or both; as, to summon a jury; to summon witnesses. The parliament is summoned by the king's writ or letter. – Blackstone. Nor trumpets summon him to war. – Dryden.
  2. To give notice to a person to appear in court and defend.
  3. To call or command. Love, duty, safety summon us away. – Pope.
  4. To call up; to excite into action or exertion; with up. Summon up all your strength or courage. Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. – Shak.

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