Meaning of SUMMIT in English


I. ˈsə-mət noun

Etymology: Middle English somete, from Anglo-French sumet, diminutive of sum top, from Latin summum, neuter of summus highest — more at sum

Date: 15th century

1. : top , apex ; especially : the highest point : peak

2. : the topmost level attainable

the summit of human fame


a. : the highest level of officials ; especially : the diplomatic level of heads of government

b. : a conference of highest-level officials (as heads of government)

an economic summit


summit , peak , pinnacle , climax , apex , acme , culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable

at the summit of the Victorian social scene

peak suggests the highest among other high points

an artist working at the peak of her powers

pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height

the pinnacle of worldly success

climax implies the highest point in an ascending series

the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions

apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge

the apex of Dutch culture

acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing

a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty

culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective

the culmination of years of effort

II. intransitive verb

Date: 1972

1. : to participate in a summit conference

2. : to climb to the summit

summit ed on May 29

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.