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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.
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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
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In pursuance of the summary sent by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for summoning of Session of the Senate for taking up motions for leave to move resolutions for removal of Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate, the President of Pakistan, in exercise of powers under clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, has summoned the Senate session.
It was earlier reported that the PSC may also consider summoning the President.
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LAHORE -- A team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday visited the residence of Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif's daughter in Model Town area of the city and served a notice summoning them in an assets-beyond-means case.
ISLAMABAD: Acting Senate chairman Saleem Mandviwala on Tuesday said that he has asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman to inform the Upper House of the Parliament before summoning or releasing any member's name.
The decision to summon the National Assembly (NA) comes following the expiration of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Tuesday deadline on summoning sessions of the lower house and Punjab Assembly.
'How would justice be served without summoning the master minds of Model Town incident', he said.
This ongoing wave of summoning is a part of the regime's campaign to impose restrictions on protestors holding sit-in in front of senior opposition cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim's house.
One YouTube user, Mark Schey, recorded a video of himself summoning his ( Tesla Model S P85D and uploaded it Thursday.
The protest by the opposition was called off only after Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse informed Parliament that officers from the Commission would visit Rajapakse to record the statement instead of summoning him there.
Lawmaker Mohammad Mohaqqiq defended the house decision on summoning ministers.