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I was summoned to the principal’s office.
  to call forth

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The exact meaning of summon is often subject to its context. For example:
    <"summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)"summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting"summon help" — call others to come and help"summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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  • I was summoned to the principal’s office.
  • I summoned all my courage and walked into the room.
  • He hesitated, trying to summon his strength, for the rest of what he had to say.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • He summoned his courage.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook

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  • I’m trying to summon the courage to do what I have to do.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • He insisted on summoning a dementor to accompany him into the castle.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • You also have to be able to summon this power at will.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He was summoning the dead again.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • [This is Riff’s summoning of the gang, and they surround him.]
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • with all his strength, and more strength he had just summoned,
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea

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  • Summon all our people to meet me here as speedily as they can.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • I summoned strength to ask what had caused this calamity.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Before I could actually inspect my arm, Mother summoned me to dinner.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • It did not take long to discover why we had been summoned:
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I summoned all my will.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Summoning his energy, Roran smiled.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Why would anybody want to summon a monster?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Percy summoned the power of the river.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • He missed homeroom because he was summoned to the vice-principal’s office.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • The doctor was summoned.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I distinctly called to speak to you and summon you to our cause. You see, my organization is interested in receiving small donations from people just like you...
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Police and life squad were summoned at 4:11.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • "Hide," said Harry as he pointed his wand at Bogrod, who whistled to summon a little cart that came trundling along the tracks toward them out of the darkness.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He took a breath, summoned his courage, and continued.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • Now she summoned her courage and told her father she wanted to live alone again, like she did when she was away at school.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • The king summoned the captains to council.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Bravery should be an interior quality, summoned from within.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • It was evident that he had been summoned rather for the moral support of the stricken ladies than because of any specific aid that he could render.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Hepzibah, nevertheless, stood at a gaze, with her hands clasped, looking very much as if she had summoned up an evil spirit, and were afraid, yet resolved, to hazard the encounter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He was twenty years old and he couldn’t even summon enough strength to turn over in bed.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • Next day he was summoned to a special meeting of the University Council.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Since his boat was the fastest, Mark was summoned to aid in the search.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • What does it take to summon a major spirit?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • The summoning of demons is hereafter forbidden.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "Excuse me," I said, summoning all my courage, "but why do you call them Little People?"
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • At the same time, I stepped to the wall and pulled on the servants’ cord, summoning whoever was on duty at this hour.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Restless, restless, were the gods and always in motion! ... no part of the earth was safe from them, for, if they wished for a thing, they summoned it from the other side of the world.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  By the Waters of Babylon
  • ... it took him almost twenty minutes to summon the energy to get out of bed.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • When he threw the latch, the thumper would begin its summons.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He has no Stone to see with, and cannot answer the summons.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Boys have never been known to go straight up to houses to ring bells to summon forth friends.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Every day over the following week, K. expected another summons to arrive,
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • Astaroth had forbidden summoning spirits and demons.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • "Give us two set-ups please, Bill," he said to the youth who appeared at his summons.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • As if my thoughts summon him, Cain appears.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • As if summoned by the thought of security, a beetle blade stood perched on a boulder, its red eye gleaming in Thomas’s direction.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Jane thought about summoning her newest Irish maid, Bridie, who’d replaced Sally—Bridie was especially good at washing hair.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • It was my father, standing on my doorstep like some awful specter summoned by my hatefulness.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It took him a minute to summon the strength to stagger to his feet, holding on to the old tractor to stay upright.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
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