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adjective sum·ma·ry \ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē or -ˌmer-ē\

Definition of summary

  1. 1 :  comprehensive; especially :  covering the main points succinctly

  2. 2a :  done without delay or formality :  quickly executed <a summary dismissal>b :  of, relating to, or using a summary proceeding <a summary trial>

summarily

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Examples of summary in a sentence

  1. a summary account of the accident

  2. <obviously a one-volume encyclopedia can offer only a very summary account of the American Civil War>

Origin and Etymology of summary

Middle English, from Medieval Latin summarius, from Latin summa sum


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of summary

concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative <a concise description>. terse implies pointed conciseness <a terse reply>. succinct implies the greatest possible compression <a succinct letter of resignation>. laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious <an aloof and laconic stranger>. summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation <a summary listing of the year's main events>. pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance <a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners>. compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment <a compendious dictionary>.

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noun sum·ma·ry \ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē\

Definition of summary

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summaries

  1. :  an abstract, abridgment, or compendium especially of a preceding discourse

Examples of summary in a sentence

  1. He concluded the report with a brief summary.

  2. They gave a summary of their progress in building the bridge.

1509

First Known Use of summary

1509



SUMMARY Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective sum·ma·ry \ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē or -ˌmer-ē\

Definition of summary for English Language Learners

  • : using few words to give the most important information about something

  • : done quickly in a way that does not follow the normal process


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noun sum·ma·ry \ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē\

Definition of summary for English Language Learners

  • : a brief statement that gives the most important information about something


SUMMARY Defined for Kids

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adjective sum·ma·ry \ˈsə-mə-rē\

Definition of summary for Students

  1. 1 :  expressing or covering the main points briefly :  concise <a summary account>

  2. 2 :  done without delay <summary punishment>


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noun sum·ma·ry

Definition of summary for Students

plural

summaries

  1. :  a short statement of the main points (as in a book or report)


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adjective sum·ma·ry \ˈsə-mə-rē\

Legal Definition of summary

  1. :  done immediately, concisely, and without usual formal procedures; especially :  used in or done by summary proceeding — compare plenary

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