Practice. The act by which a defendant is notified by a competent officer, that an action has been instituted against him, and that he is required to answer to it at a time and place named. This is done either by giving the defendant a copy of the summons, or leaving it at his house; or by reading the summons to him.
- vb. To call, bid, or cite; to notify to come to appear; - often with up. To give notice to, or command to appear, as in court; to cite by authority; as, to summon witnesses.
- (Mil.) To call upon to surrender, as a fort.
Syn. - To call; cite; notify; convene; convoke; excite; invite; bid. See Call.