SUM'MON, verb transitive [Latin submoneo; sub and moneo.]
1. To call, cite or notify by authority to appear at a place specified, or to attend in person to some public duty, or both; as, to summon a jury; to summon witnesses.
The parliament is summoned by the king's writ or letter.
Nor trumpets summon him to war.
2. To give notice to a person to appear in court and defend.
3. To call or command.
Love, duty, safety summon us away.
4. To call up; to excite into action or exertion; with up. summon up all your strength or courage.
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.