\ˈsəm-ˌəp \

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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Stranger Things Kayla Holloway summed up season one of Stranger Things in the best possible way with Christmas lights draped across her cheeks and Eleven's classic bloody nose. Devon Abelman, Allure, "27 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Do With Just Makeup," 10 Oct. 2018 One of the things that to me sums up the utter futility of existence and the inevitability of humanity's eventual extinction is the fact that the world is slowing down. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 will get better at telling time with new leap second support," 19 July 2018 Seeds were sown for unusual spring An unusually cold, wet and endless feeling in April — with a few leftover snow showers sprinkled in — summed up the high school baseball season perfectly: Unusual. Craig Larson,, "The spring season got off to a soggy start, but had a brilliant finish," 28 June 2018 Here's the photo many say sums up Trump's time at G-7. USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 10 June 2018 Somehow meaning everything and nothing at all, one of the restaurant’s taglines aptly summed up the glorious hodgepodge: Good Food, Good Folks, Good Times. Zoë Sessums, Bon Appetit, "The Weird, Wonderful Restaurant Where I Always Wanted to Work," 6 June 2018 Her comment summed up the overriding sentiments at the inaugural event: For an afternoon everyone shared a collective passion for one of Houston's favorite foods born of Tex-Mex traditions, and for the love Mama Ninfa brought to the table. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Laurenzo’s restaurant wins Tacos Over Texas," 9 Apr. 2018 Catherine Keener as Deirdre and Jim Carrey as Jeff Photo: SHOWTIME The national influence of Mr. Pickles is neatly and very comically summed up in a scene opening episode 2 (which airs Sunday; the show premiered on cable Sept. 9). John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Kidding’ Review: Adult Emotions on Children’s TV," 13 Sep. 2018 O’Sullivan said, rather than committing to one giant lump sum up front. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Rent the Runway bet on the death of clothing ownership — and now it’s doubling down," 2 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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