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summons (plural summonses)
- A call to do something, especially to come.
- special summonses by the king
- Bishop Fell
- this summons […] unfit either to dispute or disobey
- Sir J. Hayward
- He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
- (law) A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness.
- (military) A demand for surrender.
call to do something, especially to come
notice summoning someone to appear in court
- (transitive) To serve someone with a summons.
- 2007, It proposes that those held in the prototype Selfridges cells be kept for a maximum of four hours to have their identity confirmed and be charged, summonsed or given a fine. — The Guardian, 15 Mar 2007, p. 1
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon