\ 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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The crowd went wild (especially Jimmy Fallon, who basically sums up our reaction). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nicki Minaj Hits on Michael B. Jordan During Her People's Choice Awards Speech," 12 Nov. 2018 Trump’s letter to Kim canceling the meeting … neatly summed up his view. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s go-it-alone approach to foreign policy angers allies, benefits adversaries," 25 May 2018 The campaign’s web address neatly sums up its pitch: David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "After losing home in wildfires, veteran lobbyist battles PG&E," 14 May 2018 Those three simple words neatly sum up both the operating mantra and the allure of this unique addition to the Mansfield dining scene and, by extension, the south Fort Worth restaurant landscape. Andrew Marton, star-telegram, "Fast-casual Char'd adds fusion flair to Mansfield's dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 Duff also summed up exactly why Lizzie McGuire the character and Lizzie McGuire the show were so important to an entire generation of girls. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Just Hinted That a 'Lizzie McGuire' Reboot Is in the Works," 9 Dec. 2018 In November Politico’s Marc Caputo summed up the tenure of Ms. Snipes: Counting unlawful votes. James Freeman, WSJ, "Broward County Pension Recount," 5 Dec. 2018 That experience largely summed up my time with the Galaxy Watch, Samsung’s latest in its long line of smartwatches. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Watch review: iteration over innovation," 31 Aug. 2018 Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean may have also summed up the best way to take the chilly predictions. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Winter will be 'teeth-chattering' cold, have plenty of snow, Farmers' Almanac claims," 30 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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