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Definition of sum-up

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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 The justice tried to sum up the factors that would go into his decision., 27 Aug. 2021 The justice tried to sum up the factors that would go into his decision. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 On the right column of the row listing each contest is a link to that week’s results — to all 17 previous Limerixicons plus assorted other limerick contests, including the one just seven weeks ago to sum up or tell about a song. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 How would sum up the Marty-Ike relationship that viewers will see unspool in all sorts of twisted and unexpected ways? Dan Snierson,, 17 June 2021 So, to sum up, the Terminator franchise is pro-drugs and pro-defunding the police. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 30 June 2021 In the immediate aftermath of the defeat, Chavez searched for the right words to sum up all his team had accomplished this summer. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Has there ever been a more succinct way to sum up how changes on almost all platforms are delivered and received by users? Angela Watercutter, Wired, 16 July 2021 Is there a better way to sum up the NCAA’s treatment of college athletes, a majority of whose high-value players are black? Robert Zafft, Forbes, 5 July 2021

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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