summary

adjective
sum·​ma·​ry | \ ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē or -ˌmer-ē How to pronounce summary (audio) \

Definition of summary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : comprehensive especially : covering the main points succinctly
2a : done without delay or formality : quickly executed a summary dismissal
b : of, relating to, or using a summary proceeding a summary trial

summary

noun
sum·​ma·​ry | \ ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē How to pronounce summary (audio) \
plural summaries

Definition of summary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Adjective

summarily \ (ˌ)sə-​ˈmer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce summarily (audio) \ adverb

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Adjective

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

Examples of summary in a Sentence

Adjective

a summary account of the accident obviously a one-volume encyclopedia can offer only a very summary account of the American Civil War

Noun

He concluded the report with a brief summary. They gave a summary of their progress in building the bridge.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The group also submitted proposed summary language – a succinct explanation of the proposal provided to voters asked to sign a petition supporting the measure – to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio nuclear bailout foes take initial steps toward statewide referendum," 29 July 2019 The judge further criticized a summary report written later by Portland police Detective Anthony Merrill, which characterized the cooperating witness’ statements in all her interviews as consistent. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County prosecutors violated evidence obligations in murder case, judge rules," 15 July 2019 In 2018, Superior Court Judge Robin Wilson granted the town’s request for summary judgement in the case, essentially throwing out the case. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Appellate Court rejects Sandy Hook parents’ lawsuit against Newtown; families plan appeal to Supreme Court," 12 July 2019 Even a 110-page long summary version is laden with mind-spinning numbers. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Putin Aims to Revive the Economy With a Plan. And Pianos.," 5 June 2019 The president’s budget message, top priorities, and summary tables will come March 11. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Trump to Begin Releasing Fiscal 2020 Budget Plan on March 11," 4 Feb. 2019 The secretary of state’s office then certifies the official ballot title for the petition, which consists of the ballot summary language and the auditor’s summary of its fiscal impact. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "To limit initiative petitions in Missouri, some want to charge fees | The Kansas City Star," 7 Feb. 2018 There is also summary information about the journal’s authors—tables group them by country and institution. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Firm that tallies controversial journal impact scores moves to provide more context," 27 June 2018 Missouri already has a Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Board within the Department of Health and Senior Services that collects data and issues summary reports on maternal deaths in the state. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Missouri among worst nationally in maternal deaths. Reps say no to study on issue," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The models broke up the summaries by sentence and used something called sentiment analysis to analyze each one. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence predicts which movies will succeed—and fail—simply from plot summaries," 2 Aug. 2019 Despite this, multiple people started threads asking to remove the Tate twist, and the whole plot summary had been periodically removed and restored. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "A Wikipedia spoiler war created a ridiculous fake ending for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," 30 July 2019 The summary includes several such critiques of Walker’s professionalism. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Embattled former corrections official fires back, but doesn’t deny she leaked ID of sex assault victim," 30 July 2019 The Thompson summary is an easy read and offers a helpful primer on how housing segregation created two separate and profoundly unequal Baltimores. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Trump Comes for Baltimore, Baltimore Claps Back: raceAhead," 29 July 2019 Positions six and seven, currently held by Cathy Arellano and Rick Mann respectively, will be up for election, according to the Klein ISD agenda executive summary. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD calls trustee election, names wing at Epps Island," 12 July 2019 The State Department’s official summary of Mr. Pompeo’s June 14 call with the Iraqi prime minister offered little indication the issue was discussed. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S.: Saudi Pipeline Attacks Originated From Iraq," 28 June 2019 But on a visit to one Methodist emergency room Wednesday evening, paper copies of the plain language summary of Methodist’s financial assistance policy in English and Spanish had been taped to the wall. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "This Memphis Hospital System Flouts IRS Rules by Not Publicly Posting Financial Assistance Policies," 27 June 2019 Debbie Dennis said in response to The Oregonian/OregonLive’s summary of the company’s history. oregonlive.com, "Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of summary

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for summary

Adjective

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

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summary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of summary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: using few words to give the most important information about something
formal : done quickly in a way that does not follow the normal process

summary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of summary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

summary

adjective
sum·​ma·​ry | \ ˈsə-mə-rē How to pronounce summary (audio) \

Kids Definition of summary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : expressing or covering the main points briefly : concise a summary account
2 : done without delay summary punishment

summary

noun
plural summaries

Kids Definition of summary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

summary

adjective
sum·​ma·​ry | \ ˈsə-mə-rē How to pronounce summary (audio) \

Legal Definition of summary

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

Other Words from summary

summarily \ sə-​ˈmer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce summarily (audio) \ adverb

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