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SUMMONS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does summons mean? 

SUMMONS (noun)
  The noun SUMMONS has 3 senses:

1. a request to be present
2. an order to appear in person at a given place and time
3. 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

  Familiarity information: SUMMONS used as a noun is uncommon.


SUMMONS (verb)
  The verb SUMMONS has 1 sense:

1. call in an official matter, such as to attend court

  Familiarity information: SUMMONS used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUMMONS (noun)


Sense 1summons [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A request to be present

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

summons; bidding

Context example:

they came at his bidding

Hypernyms ("summons" is a kind of...):

invitation (a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something)


Sense 2summons [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An order to appear in person at a given place and time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("summons" is a kind of...):

order ((often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "summons"):

call up (an order to report for military duty)


Sense 3summons [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

process; summons

Hypernyms ("summons" is a kind of...):

judicial writ; writ ((law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "summons"):

citation (a summons that commands the appearance of a party at a proceeding)

monition; process of monition (a summons issued after the filing of a libel or claim directing all parties concerned to show cause why the judgment asked for should not be granted)

ticket (a summons issued to an offender (especially to someone who violates a traffic regulation))


SUMMONS (verb)


Sense 1summons [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

summon; summons; cite

Hypernyms (to "summons" is one way to...):

call; send for (order, request, or command to come)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "summons"):

vouch (summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title)

vouch in (summon into court to defend a lawsuit against another and to be made liable to pay any judgment secured for the plaintiff)

demand (summon to court)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


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