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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

Verb in summing up the evidence against the defendant, the district attorney presented fact after damning fact
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Extreme is a good way to sum up DeChambeau's approach to golf. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "DeChambeau probing for formula that adds up to green jacket," 6 Apr. 2021 Extreme is a good way to sum up DeChambeau's approach to golf. Paul Newberry, ajc, "DeChambeau probing for formula that adds up to green jacket," 6 Apr. 2021 There’s no easy way to sum up the impact COVID-19 had on Central Florida’s real estate industry. Amanda Rabines,, "Pandemic spawned real estate winners and losers in Central Florida," 24 Mar. 2021 The loss wasn’t just tough on the players, who were visibly upset after the game, but on the coach as well, who struggled to find the words to sum up what this team and this season meant to him. cleveland, "St. Edward hockey can’t find a late goal, loses to Toledo St. Francis, 2-1, in OHSAA state championship," 14 Mar. 2021 Let the Golden State Warriors star sum up what life has been like in the past year both for himself and many others around the world. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Why Warriors’ Klay Thompson optimistic about future after experiencing ‘worst year of my life’," 14 Mar. 2021 Starting in 2006, Dr. Gott and David Goldberg, a cosmologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, developed a scoring system that could sum up these different kinds of error. New York Times, "Can This New Map Fix Our Distorted Views of the World?," 24 Feb. 2021 That's an ideal way to sum up the unpredictable delight that was Fred Willard. Dan Snierson,, "Ty Burrell pays tribute to Fred Willard, the comedy legend who 'defied gravity'," 18 Dec. 2020 Brother Rice boys basketball coach Bobby Frasor didn’t need many words to sum up the task the Illinois High School Association faces in the weeks ahead. Tony Baranek,, "Pause still in effect for winter sports as IHSA plans to meet with state officials before January," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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“Sum-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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