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summit Line breaks: sum¦mit
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌmɪt/

Definition of summit in English:


1The highest point of a hill or mountain: she climbed back up the path towards the summit
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  • The land rises abruptly to highland ridges with mountain summits as high as 3000 feet.
  • There may be more spectacular mountains offering unforeseen horizons at their summits, but Blue Hill is an effortless peak to climb.
  • Imperceptibly descending towards the mountain summit, it cast the land in an array of shadows.
ridge, brink, brow, needle, crag, tor;
mountain top, hilltop;
French aiguille, serac
1.1The highest attainable level of achievement: the dramas are considered to form one of the summits of world literature
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  • Many Scots seem happy to go along with the joke that the deep-fried Mars bar is the summit of our culinary achievements.
  • Who can you think of from the ranks of top scientists who also achieved the summit in literature?
  • No longer should the summit of civil service achievement be seen as the writing of a good policy minute.
best, finest, nonpareil;
Latin ne plus ultra
2A meeting between heads of government: two binding treaties were agreed at the summit [as modifier]: a summit meeting
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  • Windhoek promotes it self as an African destination for meetings, conferences, summits, seminars or conventions.
  • The catalyst for the establishment of such conferences will normally come from a summit meeting of the European Council.
  • The 1992 Rio Conference turned out to be one of the biggest summit meetings ever held.
meeting, negotiation, conference, talk(s), discussion, conclave, consultation, deliberation, dialogue, parley, colloquy
informal confab, powwow
formal confabulation

verb (summits, summiting, summited)

[with object] Back to top  
Reach the summit of (a mountain or hill): in 2013, 658 climbers summited Everest [no object]: they started climbing at 3:45 a.m. and summited at 8:45 p.m.
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  • The journalist, who summitted with Ang Dorjee's group, wrote a best-seller about the experience.
  • Once drivers have summitted the hill, the double lines appear.
  • As we summitted the crest, the world froze briefly, peacefully, and then we plunged.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'top part'): from Old French somete, from som 'top', from Latin summum, neuter of summus 'highest'.

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