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tr.v. sum·moned, sum·mon·ing, sum·mons
a. To call together; convene: summon a meeting of officials. See Synonyms at call.
b. To request to appear; send for: summon a doctor to help an injured man.
2. To order to take a specified action; bid: summon the captain to surrender.
a. To bring to mind or remember. Often used with up: We tried to summon up an image of our childhood friend.
b. To cause one to think of (something); evoke. Often used with up: "Badly cured hippie fur ... maté, and paraffin heating oil are the scents that summon up my remembrance of the late sixties" (Judith Thurman).
4. To bring into existence or readiness. Often used with up: "He summoned up a smile, though it seemed to take all his strength" (Colin Turnbull).

[Middle English somonden, from Old French somondre, from Vulgar Latin *summonere, from Latin summonēre, to remind privately, hint to : sub-, secretly; see sub- + monēre, to warn; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

sum′mon·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.summoning - calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantationssummoning - calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
conjuring, conjury, conjuration, invocation - calling up a spirit or devil
exorcism, dispossession - freeing from evil spirits
References in classic literature ?
she would begin, as if she were summoning him to the bar of Judgment.
Then, summoning all his powers, he renewed the attempt, and so far succeeded as to draw his knees on the edge of the mountain.
The earliest riser, coming forth in the dim twilight, would perceive a vaguely-defined figure aloft on the place of shame; and half-crazed betwixt alarm and curiosity, would go knocking from door to door, summoning all the people to behold the ghost -- as he needs must think it -- of some defunct transgressor.
Summoning up, therefore, a show of courage, he demanded in stammering accents, " Who are you?
Frighted Jonah trembles, and summoning all his boldness to his face, only looks so much the more a coward.
It was an agonizing moment, but she sat in the chair, her hands clenched like death, and made a fearful effort, summoning all her powers, and gasped out her purpose.
The ruffian kicked and trampled on him, and dashed his head repeatedly against the flags, holding me with one hand, meantime, to prevent me summoning Joseph.
She had felt the necessity of consulting the highest medical authority; and had shrunk, at the same time, from alarming her daughters by summoning a London physician to the house.
It was no laughing matter with Estella now, nor was she summoning these remembrances from any shallow place.
The morning dawned heavily, and before it was well light the heralds were out summoning all to the king's Ingomboco.
Rowena had no sooner beheld him than she uttered a faint shriek; but at once summoning up the energy of her disposition, and compelling herself, as it were, to proceed, while her frame yet trembled with the violence of sudden emotion, she placed upon the drooping head of the victor the splendid chaplet which was the destined reward of the day, and pronounced, in a clear and distinct tone, these words: ``I bestow on thee this chaplet, Sir Knight, as the meed of valour assigned to this day's victor:'' Here she paused a moment, and then firmly added,
When she saw in whose presence she stood, she begged pardon politely, and was about to withdraw, when Miss Wilson, summoning all her Judgment and tact, and hoping that they would--contrary to their custom in emergencies--respond to the summons, said: