summons ( summonses plural & 3rd person present) ( summonsing present participle) ( summonsed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A summons is an order to come and see someone.
I received a summons to the Palace from Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen's private secretary.
2 n-count A summons is an official order to appear in court.
She had received a summons to appear in court.
3 verb If someone is summonsed, they are officially ordered to appear in court.
The men were summonsed and last week 30 appeared before Hove magistrates... be V-ed
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