toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

summon
used in King Lear

3 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon 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
  • Your name, your quality? and why you answer This present summons?
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (40% in)
  • ...that show'd My duty kneeling, came there a reeking post, Stew'd in his haste, half breathless, panting forth From Goneril his mistress salutations; Deliver'd letters, spite of intermission, Which presently they read: on whose contents, They summon'd up their meiny, straight took horse; Commanded me to follow and attend The leisure of their answer; gave me cold looks: And meeting here the other messenger, Whose welcome I perceiv'd had poison'd mine,— Being the very fellow which of late...
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — Before Gloster's Castle; Kent in the stocks (10% in)
  • Tremble, thou wretch, That hast within thee undivulged crimes Unwhipp'd of justice: hide thee, thou bloody hand; Thou perjur'd, and thou simular man of virtue That art incestuous: caitiff, to pieces shake That under covert and convenient seeming Hast practis'd on man's life: close pent-up guilts, Rive your concealing continents, and cry These dreadful summoners grace.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — Another part of the heath. Storm continues (61% in)

There are no more uses of "summon" in King Lear.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®