noun, plural summonses.
an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
a request, demand, or call to do something:
a summons to surrender.

a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
the writ by which the call is made.

an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.
verb (used with object)
to serve with a summons; summon.
noun (pl) -monses
a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time

an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
the writ making such an order Compare warrant

a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
to take out a summons against (a person)


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