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sum up definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: give a summary (of); "he summed up his results"; "I will now summarize" [syn: sum up, summarize, summarise, resume]
2: be a summary of; "The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper" [syn: summarize, summarise, sum, sum up]
3: determine the sum of; "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town" [syn: total, tot, tot up, sum, sum up, summate, tote up, add, add together, tally, add up]

Merriam Webster's

verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to be the sum of ; bring to a total <10 victories summed up his record> 2. a. to present or show succinctly ; summarize <sum up the evidence presented> b. to assess and then describe briefly ; size up intransitive verb to present a summary or recapitulation

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you sum something up, you describe it as briefly as possible. One voter in Brasilia summed up the mood–'Politicians have lost credibility,' he complained... Obree summed his weekend up in one word: 'Disastrous.' PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron), V n P 2. If something sums a person or situation up, it represents their most typical characteristics. 'I love my wife, my horse and my dog,' he said, and that summed him up... Sadly, the feud sums up the relationship between Lord Bath and the man who succeeds him. = epitomize PHRASAL VERB: V n P, V P n (not pron) 3. If you sum up after a speech or at the end of a piece of writing, you briefly state the main points again. When a judge sums up after a trial, he reminds the jury of the evidence and the main arguments of the case they have heard. When the judge summed up, it was clear he wanted a guilty verdict... PHRASAL VERB: V P 4. see also summing-up

Moby Thesaurus

abbreviate, abridge, abstract, add up, battologize, bob, boil down, capsulize, cast up, cipher up, clip, compress, condense, contract, count up, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, cut off short, cut short, detail, digest, dock, elide, epitomize, figure up, fill, foot up, foreshorten, give an encore, go over, go through, inventory, itemize, iterate, mow, nip, nutshell, pad, poll, pollard, practice, prune, reaffirm, reap, reassert, recap, recapitulate, recite, reckon up, recount, reduce, rehash, rehearse, reissue, reiterate, relate, reprint, restate, resume, retail, retell, retrench, review, reword, run over, say over, say over again, score up, shave, shear, shorten, snub, stunt, sum, summarize, summate, synopsize, take in, tally up, tautologize, telescope, tot up, total, total up, tote up, trim, truncate

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