summon

To summon is to formally call for the presence of someone. If, as soccer team captain, you find that your team members are an hour late for the big game, you might need to summon them — and fast.

Summon can also mean “gather up,” as one might summon one’s courage" before that big game. Summon is also occasionally used in reference to the supernatural, as when one tries to call forth a spirit or ghost. If you think the team needs additional help on the field, you might try to summon some supernatural backup.

DEFINITIONS OF: summon

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v gather or bring together

Summon all your courage”
Synonyms:
come up, muster, muster up, rally
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v make ready for action or use

Synonyms:
marshal, mobilise, mobilize
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v ask to come

summon a lawyer”
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page
contact, as with a pager or by calling somebody's name over a P.A. system
buzz
call with a buzzer
convene, convoke
call together
beckon
summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come

v call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Synonyms:
cite, summons
Types:
vouch
summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title
demand
summon to court
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come
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