Definition of summit in English:

summit

noun

  • 1The highest point of a hill or mountain.

    • ‘Sitting on a boulder, looking up a few thousand feet to the summit of the mountain, he became serious and reflective.’
    • ‘Above them, further up the ridge the summit of the mountain was peeping at them through quickly moving mist.’
    • ‘Chris led us over Burnt Edge and Adam Hill towards the summit of Winter Hill.’
    • ‘The road meanders high above the waters of lakes and rivers, embraced by the meringue summits of the mountains.’
    • ‘The old drove road is recognisable as it climbs towards the summit of Kailzie Hill and the edge of the extensive Cardrona Forest.’
    • ‘Tonight he would have to stop there before continuing on up the mountain to the summit.’
    • ‘Everywhere you go, from the hot banks of the Dead Sea to the summits of holy mountains, stones are everywhere.’
    • ‘Water is omnipresent in Valais, from babbling brooks cascading merrily downhill, to the tranquil, mirrored surface of a mountain lake reflecting majestic summits capped with eternal snow.’
    • ‘This multi-peaked mountain of granite has summits formed from a mass of vertical chimneys - looking like the devil's organ poised to blow the last trumpet out across the world.’
    • ‘Huge plumes of snow blowing from the summits of some mountains looked like the smoke from great incense offerings.’
    • ‘Walkers on the Queen's Highland estate were allowed to walk from the Spittle of Muick car park to mountain summits on recognised paths.’
    • ‘With clear sky, you can see all the Monteregian mountains from the western summit.’
    • ‘There may be more spectacular mountains offering unforeseen horizons at their summits, but Blue Hill is an effortless peak to climb.’
    • ‘The land rises abruptly to highland ridges with mountain summits as high as 3000 feet.’
    • ‘High above Glen Ceitlin the tops of the neighbouring hills peeked their snow-covered summits and ridges above the cloud - Stob Coire an Albannaich, Meall nan Eun, and Meall Odhar, all sparkling bright.’
    • ‘The oldest phase of ice flow (Event I) is characterized by ice flowing from an ice dispersal centre situated over the higher terrain in north-central Wales and by ice thick enough to cover the mountain summits.’
    • ‘Head east now over a broad whaleback to the cairn at 829m, the summit of Brown Cow Hill.’
    • ‘In years gone by, he had discovered lots of things dropped along the trails by emigrants lightening their wagonloads as they pushed for the mountain summits.’
    • ‘Imperceptibly descending towards the mountain summit, it cast the land in an array of shadows.’
    • ‘This feat put Jane Maria in the history books as the first Pakeha woman to reach the summit of the mountain.’
    top, peak, mountaintop, crest, crown, apex, vertex, apogee, tip, cap
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    1. 1.1 The highest attainable level of achievement.
      ‘the dramas are considered to form one of the summits of world literature’
      • ‘Man is destined to fall at the very moment he thinks he has attained the summit.’
      • ‘For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.’
      • ‘Slowly but surely, layers are built and plans laid as the Dance marches towards its summit.’
      • ‘Preventing people from seeing videos in a timely fashion is the summit of her achievements so far.’
      • ‘Oh, how the bookmakers goofed, giving between five and seven points start for evens, that and other dismissiveness goading the Carlow players to summits not attained for many years in major competition.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Those who are at the summit level grasp them as constituting an indivisible unity.’
      • ‘No longer should the summit of civil service achievement be seen as the writing of a good policy minute.’
      • ‘Traditionally, literature had always occupied the summit on the slopes of prestige within French culture.’
      • ‘He peers down at you, over imaginary specs, from the summit of the hill of great wisdom.’
      acme, peak, height, pinnacle, zenith, culmination, climax, high point, high spot, optimum, highlight, crowning glory, crowning point
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  • 2A meeting between heads of government.

    as modifier ‘a summit conference’
    • ‘They are nostalgic for the good old days of détente - superpower summits, arms control, and discussions about balancing American and Russian power in regional conflicts.’
    • ‘The summit meeting of heads of state and government in Brussels must agree a new constitution for the union.’
    • ‘He represents the parliament at Commission meetings and summits with government heads.’
    • ‘Sharm el-Sheikh is a popular Red Sea tourist resort that also plays host to political and economic summits, including several meetings on peace in the Middle East.’
    • ‘Dissent information pamphlets were available, describing successful disruption tactics used at previous summits and other government meetings.’
    • ‘They attend European Council summits and can serve as behind-the-scenes consultants.’
    • ‘These meetings and summits make up just the normal work of any presidency in recent years, but Ireland will have the added responsibility and honour of chairing the first meetings of a 25-member EU.’
    • ‘These days, representatives of China, Japan and South Korea attend all ASEAN summits and ministerial meetings.’
    • ‘This includes stemming the tide of membership loss while gaining reasonable attendance at our annual meetings and summits, as well as improving the financial arrangements with our publishers.’
    • ‘The 1992 Rio Conference turned out to be one of the biggest summit meetings ever held.’
    • ‘Windhoek promotes it self as an African destination for meetings, conferences, summits, seminars or conventions.’
    • ‘Nearly half a century ago to the day, a summit meeting was held in a small Indonesian town.’
    • ‘The PPF Summit was the first summit meeting of artistic directors of large classical ballet companies ever held.’
    • ‘Today the summit meetings and the politicians have become more important than many of the competitions.’
    • ‘The catalyst for the establishment of such conferences will normally come from a summit meeting of the European Council.’
    • ‘The move to ask Japan for help arose during the third summit meeting of the three premiers in July in Cambodia.’
    • ‘It was a meeting billed as a summit for local residents to meet with their representatives and discuss the future of housing in the borough.’
    • ‘These are the priorities raised by residents at community meetings and citizens' summits sponsored by the mayor.’
    • ‘He is an honorary member of the Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development; took part in many Soviet-Chinese summits and meetings of top leaders.’
    • ‘The most important are foreign ministers' meetings and summits of heads of state at which nonaligned policy statements are prepared for action within the UN system.’
    meeting, negotiation, conference, talk, talks, discussion, conclave, consultation, deliberation, dialogue, parley, colloquy
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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.’
    • ‘The next morning, equipped with ice axes and ice climbing boots, they were tasked with summiting the volcano, more than 9,300 feet above sea level.’
    • ‘At 4am, he contacted me and told me he had summited.’
    • ‘Their famous route is now taken by hundreds in the few days of the climbing season when summiting is humanly possible.’
    • ‘As we summited the crest, the world froze briefly, peacefully, and then we plunged.’
    • ‘As the car hugs a curve of the winding road that summits the mountain, I welcome a familiar sight: sunlight bouncing off the twin Magellan telescopes.’
    • ‘While Everest has increased in popularity over the last 60 years, Nepalis have continued to bear much of the risk involved in summiting.’
    • ‘I was on Mount McKinley 24 hours from summiting when my unit told me via satellite phone that I needed to return immediately for a deployment.’
    • ‘The journalist, who summited with Ang Dorjee's group, wrote a best-seller about the experience.’
    • ‘I hope some day I will summit it, and will definitely return to Chamonix in summer.’
    • ‘Once drivers have summited the hill, the double lines appear.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

summit

/ˈsəmət//ˈsəmət/