1 : a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
2 : a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
3 : a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
1 : shape, form, or improve a material
2 : shape, form, or improve a material
3 : deliver a warrant or summons to someone
4 : march in a procession
5 : institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against