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 for summons
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Summons \Sum"mons\, n.; pl. Summonses. [OE. somouns, OF.
     sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon,
     OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]
     1. The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the
        command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to
        attend to some duty.
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              Special summonses by the king.        --Hallam.
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              This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or
              disobey.                              --Bp. Fell.
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              He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer
              pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
                                                    --Sir J.
                                                    Hayward.
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     2. (Law) A warning or citation to appear in court; a written
        notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on
        a person, warning him to appear in court at a day
        specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a
        witness, or the like.
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     3. (Mil.) A demand to surrender.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Summons \Sum"mons\, v. t.
     To summon. [R. or Colloq.] --Swift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  summons
      n 1: a request to be present; "they came at his bidding" [syn:
           bidding, summons]
      2: an order to appear in person at a given place and time
      3: a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the
         defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear
         results in a default judgment against the defendant [syn:
         summons, process]
      v 1: call in an official matter, such as to attend court [syn:
           summon, summons, cite]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  91 Moby Thesaurus words for "summons":
     Angelus, Angelus bell, alarm, alarum, battle cry, beck,
     beck and call, bid, bid come, biddance, bidding, birdcall,
     bugle call, call, call away, call back, call for, call forth,
     call in, call out, call together, call up, call-up, calling,
     calling forth, certiorari, citation, cite,
     compulsory military service, conjure, conjure up, conscription,
     convene, convocation, convoke, demand, draft, draft call, drafting,
     engraved invitation, enlistment, enrollment, evocation, evoke,
     garnishment, habeas corpus, impressment, indent, induction,
     invitation, invite, invocation, invoke, last post, levy,
     mobilization, monition, moose call, muster, muster up, nod,
     order up, page, preconization, preconize, press, rallying cry,
     rebel yell, recall, recruiting, recruitment, requisition, reveille,
     selective service, send after, send for, serve, subpoena, summon,
     summon forth, summon up, taps, trumpet call, venire,
     venire de novo, venire facias, war cry, warrant, whistle, writ,
     writ of summons
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SUMMONS, practice. The name of a writ commanding the sheriff, or other 
  authorized officer, to notify a party to appear in court to answer a 
  complaint made against him and in the said writ specified, on a day therein 
  mentioned. 21 Vin. Ab. 42 2 Sell. Pr. 356; 3 Bl. Com. 279. 
  
  

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