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sum up

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summed up; summing up; sums up

transitive verb

: to be the sum of : bring to a total
10 victories summed up his record
: to present or show succinctly : summarize
sum up the evidence presented
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
But Biden, who was to try to showcase NATO’s strength in a sum-up speech Wednesday evening, was not willing to take that step, even as the United States continues to provide more weapons and ammunition than any other country to Ukraine. Chris Megerian and Seung Min Kim, Chicago Tribune, 12 July 2023 Radar is a weekly sum-up of things to see and do at Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2023
This vulnerable TikTok sums up the deeply emotional experience. Zara Hanawalt, Parents, 22 Sep. 2023 At the same time the rich-mom aesthetic (from Gisele Bündchen to Demi Moore), which can be summed up in white denim, has been rampant. Selene Oliva, Glamour, 18 Sep. 2023 The Kansas pledge led all rushers with 106 yards on 18 carries, but Stewart and Centennial’s night was summed up on the last play of the first half. Greg McKenna, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2023 Little did Freeze know, however, Campbell’s quote would go on to sum up the Tigers’ lackluster performance that somehow resulted in a 14-10 win over Cal, helping Auburn improve to 2-0 on the season. Ainslie Lee |, al, 10 Sep. 2023 It’s best summed up, students say, as a collective eye roll and a quick jump into the Settings app. Monica Chin, The Verge, 9 Sep. 2023 The primary thrust of his career could be summed up by the title of his 1992 box set: Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2023 To sum up my experience: lightweight, no reaction, total glow. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 28 Aug. 2023 More:Logan Wilson sums up his value with one-handed interception at Bengals practice The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its final three senior candidates to be considered for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2024 class on Wednesday. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1848, in the meaning defined above


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sum-up was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sum-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

sum up

: to state concisely
a sentence that sums up the important ideas
: to present a summary

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