sum·​ma·​rize | \ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz \
summarized; summarizing

Definition of summarize 

transitive verb

: to tell in or reduce to a summary

intransitive verb

: to make a summary

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Other Words from summarize

summarizable \ ˌsə-​mə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl \ adjective
summarizer noun

Examples of summarize in a Sentence

I would like to take a moment to summarize the facts that I presented earlier. He summarized by saying we needed better planning and implementation. To summarize, we need better schools.
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On what this book is about in one word: Gabaldon has been able to summarize each of her books into one word. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Her Two Rules for Writing a Good Sex Scene," 24 Oct. 2018 How to summarize the diversity, chaos, and gossip of 28 straight days of fashion shows across four cities on two continents? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 The Council on State Taxation, an association of corporate taxpayers, issued a dense report in April that takes 66 pages to summarize the nation’s sales-tax regime. Jay Steinmetz, WSJ, "Interstate Sales-Tax Compliance Is Killing My Business," 8 Aug. 2018 At the end of the day, all the yapping above can be summarized in one sentence: find what works for you. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match When You Have Dark Skin," 18 July 2018 Trying to summarize everything the show has to offer would be an impossible task. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Here's the coolest stuff we saw at the Indy RV Expo," 7 Jan. 2018 The 183-page report, released last week, summarizes more than a decade of data on cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths in Alaska. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The cancer rate in Alaska dropped, state report says," 18 Jan. 2018 Trump withdrew the United States from a joint document that summarized what was agreed to at the G-7 summit. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Trump's insults, tariffs inspire Canadians to organize boycott of U.S. goods," 18 June 2018 The statement summarized the allegations of child abuse involving Anthony and how DCFS responded, but provided little new information beyond what The Times has reported. Nina Agrawal,, "L.A. County supervisors call for review of child protection system in wake of Anthony Avalos' death," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of summarize

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of summarize was in 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of summarize

: to tell (information) again using fewer words


sum·​ma·​rize | \ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz \
summarized; summarizing

Kids Definition of summarize

: to tell in or reduce to a short statement of the main points

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