V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a formal order to appear somewhere, especially court
Synonyms: subpoena, call, order
Tips: The noun summons is directly related to the verb summon. To summon someone is to call the person to court in a formal manner, or simply to send for somebody or ask somebody to come. Both terms are rather formal in manner.
I received a summons to appear before the judge at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning. (subpoena, order)
I awaited my summons with dread, because I did not want to go to court. (subpoena, call)
She received her summons to jury duty in the mail and chose to ignore it. (order, call)
If you ignore a court summons, you could end up paying a fine or even going to jail. (subpoena, order)
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