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Definition of sum-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

sum up

summed up; summing up; sums 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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Her approach to dealing with climate change might be best summed up in her 2017 TED talk on the currently unknown impact clouds could have on the future of global weather. Time Staff, Time, "Meet 15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 Bafflement over that expulsion was summed up by Ruth Davidson, who stood down as the Conservatives' leader in Scotland last week. Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "British House of Commons passes bill seeking to avert no-deal Brexit, another blow to Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 The Czech club's chances of making it out of their group were summed up perfectly by the reaction of club officials as their name was drawn from the hat., "Champions League 2019/20: All 32 Team's Confirmed Squads," 4 Sep. 2019 The principled case, now and then, is summed up in three words: Trump’s a crook. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Another Look at Impeachment, at the End of a Long Summer," 28 Aug. 2019 The situation for suppliers is summed up neatly by David Squires, boss of Senior, a British firm that makes high-tech components not only for Boeing but also for GE and Spirit. The Economist, "Boeing’s troubles cost the aerospace industry $4bn a quarter," 22 Aug. 2019 All of her hobbies and interests were summed up in her love of people., "Jacqueline M. Donnelly," 9 Aug. 2019 Now the story of Musk's life, plus her tips for living well, are summed up in her book A Woman Makes A Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty and Success (Viking), due out Dec. 31. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elon Musk’s Model-Dietitian Mom Maye Talks New Book, Not Being "A Bikini Type" (Exclusive)," 8 Aug. 2019 His style of play was perhaps best summed up in the preseason friendly against Real Madrid. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "MLS All-Star team focused on stopping Atlético Madrid high powered attack," 11 Aug. 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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