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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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I demand entrance into this house,” said Hiram, summoning all the dignity he could muster to his assistance, “in the name of the people; and by virtue of this war rant, and of my office, and with this peace officer.
Newman sat silent, summoning pious invention to his aid, but he was relieved at finding that Valentin was apparently too weak to reason or to be curious.
Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
We thought he was summoning help for his comrade, but he was really denouncing his murderer.
The meal was scarcely concluded when a messenger arrived from Kulan Tith summoning me before him.
Paley, having woken hungry but without her spectacles, was summoning her maid to find the biscuit-box.
But the bird has reached it before us and by now they are summoning the guard," the truth of which statement was almost immediately indicated by sounds of many voices raised evidently in commands just ahead of them, while from behind came increased evidence of approaching pursuit--loud screams and the roars of lions.
She heard the creature whistle and knew that it was summoning assistance, but because she did not dare look toward it she did not see it turn and concentrate its gaze upon the great, headless body lying by the further wall.
And taking from his pocket a golden whistle, such as was generally used at that time for summoning the servants, he sounded it with a shrill and prolonged call, on which an equerry on horseback speedily made his appearance, leading another horse by the bridle.
The children of the neighbourhood were afraid of the hard-featured shrew who presided over the Bartell house; but, summoning their resolution, they rang the bell and told Ann Bartell of the accident.
Hearing her husband's footstep, she turned towards him, summoning him to her with her smile.
PARIS, Oct 20 (KUNA) -- France retaliated here Tuesday to a Russian summons of the French ambassador to Moscow on Monday by summoning Moscow's envoy to Paris here to receive a complaint, diplomatic sources confirmed.