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English noun: summons

1. summons (communication) a request to be present

SamplesThey came at his bidding.


Broader (hypernym)invitation

2. summons (communication) an order to appear in person at a given place and time

Broader (hypernym)order

Narrower (hyponym)call up

3. summons (communication) a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant


Broader (hypernym)judicial writ, writ

Narrower (hyponym)citation, monition, process of monition, ticket

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: summons

1. summons (communication) call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Synonymscite, summon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)call, send for

Narrower (hyponym)demand, vouch

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