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Definition of sum-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 One word might not be able to sum up a man's life, but in Hollywood, there is one word that means an awful lot... Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Mank has won more Oscars than Citizen Kane," 26 Apr. 2021 Asked to sum up 2020 at his year-end news conference in December, Mr. Putin rattled off statistics showing that Russia’s economy had suffered less than that of many other countries. New York Times, "‘You Can’t Trust Anyone’: Russia’s Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret," 10 Apr. 2021 While Ghani did not directly comment, quotes from Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh seemed to sum up the government's cool reception. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Afghan peace process needs a jolt," 9 Mar. 2021 Extreme is a good way to sum up DeChambeau's approach to golf. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "DeChambeau probing for formula that adds up to green jacket," 6 Apr. 2021 Extreme is a good way to sum up DeChambeau's approach to golf. Paul Newberry, ajc, "DeChambeau probing for formula that adds up to green jacket," 6 Apr. 2021 There’s no easy way to sum up the impact COVID-19 had on Central Florida’s real estate industry. Amanda Rabines,, "Pandemic spawned real estate winners and losers in Central Florida," 24 Mar. 2021 The loss wasn’t just tough on the players, who were visibly upset after the game, but on the coach as well, who struggled to find the words to sum up what this team and this season meant to him. cleveland, "St. Edward hockey can’t find a late goal, loses to Toledo St. Francis, 2-1, in OHSAA state championship," 14 Mar. 2021 Let the Golden State Warriors star sum up what life has been like in the past year both for himself and many others around the world. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Why Warriors’ Klay Thompson optimistic about future after experiencing ‘worst year of my life’," 14 Mar. 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 7 May. 2021.

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