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summon

verb advocare, appellare, beckon, bid, call for, call for the presence of, call forth, call into action, call to witness, call with authority, charge, cite, command, command to appear, compel attendance, demand, give orders, issue a command, issue a court directive, issue process, nooify to appear, order, order to appear, require compliance, require to attend, send for, subpoena
Associated concepts: summon to appear in court
See also: charge, compel, convene, evoke, invoke, prosecute, request, require, serve, subpoena

TO SUMMON, practice. The act by which a defendant is notified by a competent officer, that an action has been instituted against him, and that he is required to answer to it at a time and place named. This is done either by giving the defendant a copy of the summons, or leaving it at his house; or by reading the summons to him.

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As he approached the stream, his heart began to thump he summoned up, however, all his resolution, gave his horse half a score of kicks in the ribs, and attempted to dash briskly across the bridge; but instead of starting forward, the perverse old animal made a lateral movement, and ran broadside against the fence.
Weston was unexpectedly summoned to town and must be absent on the very day.
Elinor, pleased to have her governed for a moment by such a motive, though believing it hardly possible that she could sit out the dinner, said no more; and adjusting her dress for her as well as she could, while Marianne still remained on the bed, was ready to assist her into the dining room as soon as they were summoned to it.
It was the fifteenth of January, about nine o'clock in the morning: Bessie was gone down to breakfast; my cousins had not yet been summoned to their mama; Eliza was putting on her bonnet and warm garden-coat to go and feed her poultry, an occupation of which she was fond: and not less so of selling the eggs to the housekeeper and hoarding up the money she thus obtained.
She took her post before the urn; and Miss Isabella came, summoned by the bell; then, having handed their chairs forward, I left the room.
I am well prepared, but there are precautions to be taken, that could not be taken until he was actually summoned before the Tribunal.
Eight-and-twenty days went by, my father, and on the nine-and- twentieth it befell that Chaka, having dreamed a dream in his troubled sleep, summoned before him certain women of the kraal, to the number of a hundred or more.
I was not long in finding one, nor, being an industrious phrase-maker, did I waste my time, for, before I was summoned to behold Nicolete in all her boyhood, I had found occasion and moonlight to remark to my pocket-book that, Though all the world has heard the song of the Nightingale to the Rose, only the Nightingale has heard the answer of the Rose.
It is very uncomfortable, I am afraid I shall be summoned.
The American people have summoned the change we celebrate today.
Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.
Monte Cristo summoned the Greek attendant, and bade her inquire whether it would be agreeable to her mistress to receive his visit.