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Definition of sum-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

sum up


Definition of sum up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to be the sum of : bring to a total 10 victories summed up his record
2a : 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

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Examples of sum-up in a Sentence


in summing up the evidence against the defendant, the district attorney presented fact after damning fact

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But contradictions like this sum up 2018 in a nutshell. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 The result, like any arcade classic, is easy to sum up: move, react, blast, live, and have fun. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tempest 4000 finally lives after delays, legal threats—but what’s up on PC?," 17 July 2018 That pretty much sums up the Los Angeles headquarters of Foodstirs, the baking startup created by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar along with her longtime friends Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: Foodstirs' Modern Office Design In LA Is Not Your Average Workspace," 10 Mar. 2017 The crowd went wild (especially Jimmy Fallon, who basically sums up our reaction). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nicki Minaj Hits on Michael B. Jordan During Her People's Choice Awards Speech," 12 Nov. 2018 Trump’s letter to Kim canceling the meeting … neatly summed up his view. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s go-it-alone approach to foreign policy angers allies, benefits adversaries," 25 May 2018 The campaign’s web address neatly sums up its pitch: David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "After losing home in wildfires, veteran lobbyist battles PG&E," 14 May 2018 Those three simple words neatly sum up both the operating mantra and the allure of this unique addition to the Mansfield dining scene and, by extension, the south Fort Worth restaurant landscape. Andrew Marton, star-telegram, "Fast-casual Char'd adds fusion flair to Mansfield's dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 Duff also summed up exactly why Lizzie McGuire the character and Lizzie McGuire the show were so important to an entire generation of girls. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Just Hinted That a 'Lizzie McGuire' Reboot Is in the Works," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sum-up


1894, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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