summary

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

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 How to pronounce summary (audio) also ˈsəm-rē \
plural summaries

Definition of summary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from summary

Adjective

summarily \ (ˌ)sə-​ˈmer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce summary (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The campaign's summary notes how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's director, Robert Redfield, contacted his counterpart in China and offered to send U.S. experts to aid its investigation on Jan. 3. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 23 Apr. 2020 Local health departments also can access summary disease reports. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2020 Like Alcohol Amendment turned in the petition summary language and an initial 1,000 signatures to the Ohio attorney general on Monday. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, 2 Mar. 2020 The finding followed two separate internal affairs inquiries, according to the board’s summary report. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2020 Their activities range from retailing smuggled cigarettes to providing cable TV, electricity or transport service, and are also known to extort businesses and carry out summary executions. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2020 State finance officials said anyone can read those summary documents and raise questions themselves. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, 28 Dec. 2019 The State Department also barred entry to two Paraguayan officials for corruption and a Russian official US officials have accused of presiding over the summary execution of 27 men in Chechnya. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Dec. 2019 Think about these questions and formulate your responses into a solid qualifications summary to open your resume. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, al, 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Bordyanka, Vorzel, Moshchun and Makariv, Post reporters have documented cases of indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, torture and summary executions. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 In Bordyanka, Vorzel, Moshchun and Makariv, Post reporters have documented cases of indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, torture and summary executions. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Human Rights Watch has documented evidence of summary executions, unlawful violence and threats against civilians, and repeated rapes between Feb. 27 and March 14. Brooke Singman, Fox News, 13 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian forces and journalists that went into Bucha saw bodies strewn in the streets, evidence of summary executions and the remains of people who could not have threatened soldiers. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 Now, Bucha has become notorious as ground zero of what Ukrainian authorities call a Russian war crime, a killing spree targeting civilians, some found with hands tied behind their backs, apparent victims of summary executions. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Tens of thousands have disappeared -- many of them the victims of summary executions. ... Peter Bergen, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 The carnage at the bridge is followed by a simmering insurgency; the Capitol bombing by government repression, widespread rioting, and summary executions. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Human rights groups say arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and summary executions became the hallmark of the regime. Abdoulie John, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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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
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 summary (audio) \ adverb

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