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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 For better or worse, the perpetual post-gym look, most succinctly summed up in a pair of women’s leggings, is the one that will define the decade. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 Center Brad Richardson summed up Thursday's performance when asked if it could be chalked up to one of those games in the course of a long season. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Who were those imposters wearing Arizona Coyotes uniforms against the Toronto Maple Leafs?," 22 Nov. 2019 The view was best summed up by former leader Helen Zille, who has emerged from retirement to contest a powerful position in the party. Steven Friedman, Quartz Africa, "Liberalism in South Africa isn’t only for white people—or black people who “want to be white”," 18 Oct. 2019 Banderas’s performance, which balances charm and menace, sums up what makes him so hypnotic to watch. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Antonio Banderas Is One of the Best Movie Stars of His Generation," 27 Sep. 2019 Speaking with reporters near Cape Town during their visit to the organization Waves for Change, which uses surfing to help young people, the couple summed up thoughts on their trip so far. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Says There Is a Global “Consciousness Crisis” Regarding Mental Health," 24 Sep. 2019 The reason for this conclusion can be summed up in one single word: microwaves. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Desk Lunch Is a Dish Best Served Cold," 7 Oct. 2019 Bill Lundsford, speaking for the Department of Corrections at today’s first meeting of Gov. Kay Ivey’s prison study group, illustrated one problem with Alabama’s prison system which summed up several others. William Thornton |,, "Governor’s prison study group begins looking at issues," 22 July 2019 Allport summed up the Committee’s vision in a 1942 essay. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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“Sum-up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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