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English noun: subpoena

1. subpoena (communication) a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court

Synonymssubpoena ad testificandum

Broader (hypernym)judicial writ, writ

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: subpoena

1. subpoena (communication) serve or summon with a subpoena

SamplesThe witness and her records were subpoenaed.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)process, serve, swear out

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