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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

Examples of sum-up in a Sentence

Verb in summing up the evidence against the defendant, the district attorney presented fact after damning fact
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First Known Use of sum-up


1848, in the meaning defined above


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

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