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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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Figuring out the share of each user’s streams that went to each artist is much more computationally intensive, and thus expensive, than just summing up all the streams. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Your Spotify and Apple Music subscriptions pay artists you never listen to," 11 July 2019 Visibly delighted by her Mugler moment, Hadid praised the designer on social media, summing up her feelings with a succinct shout out. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Meets Her Match in Vintage Mugler," 14 June 2019 To sum up, unless current trends change dramatically, the economic life of the Carmichael mine is unlikely to be more than a decade—nowhere near enough to recover a A$2 billion investment. John Quiggin, Quartz India, "Why is this Indian billionaire splurging on an Australian mine guaranteed to lose money?," 6 June 2019 The Instagram account @commentsbycelebs posted one response from actress and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna that perfectly summed up the Internet's thoughts on the revealing photo. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channing Tatum Posted a Naked Photo to Instagram After Losing a Bet to Jessie J," 3 May 2019 But the one place that best sums up Serenbe is unassuming: a wood walkway over what looks like a green meadow (and a popular place for high school prom photos). Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 Dern’s driving angry fast with no hands on the wheel, which sums up Big Little Lies season 2. Darren Franich,, "Big Little Lies season 2 is brilliantly acted and all over the place: EW review," 5 June 2019 Adam captioned the photo with three fire emojis, which sums up our thoughts exactly. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Adam Levine's Latest Instagram Post Has Everyone Talking About His Fashion Choices," 28 Jan. 2019 The Season 1 finale gave us this line, which basically sums up the show in a nutshell. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season Two Finally Has a Release Date. Here's Everything We Know.," 5 Jan. 2019

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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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