summarize

verb
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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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, latimes.com, "L.A. County supervisors call for review of child protection system in wake of Anthony Avalos' death," 27 June 2018 So to summarize: Our closest allies — and six of the world’s ten largest economies — see this administration as a bigger problem than an oil shock and stagflation, and almost as big a problem as Russia invading Ukraine. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "How Will We Know When the Trade War Starts?," 7 June 2018 The June 18 memo, prepared by outside legal counsel at the request of legislative leaders, summarizes interviews with six women, four of whom say Hill touched them inappropriately at a bar. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill will address allegations in Monday press conference," 8 July 2018 The New York Times summarizes the responses, and non-responses, from top Republicans here. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's trade agenda faces key test at G-20 meeting," 19 Mar. 2018 The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened. Author: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Nicholas Fandos, Anchorage Daily News, "A secret mission, a code name and anxiety: Inside the early days of the FBI’s Trump investigation," 2 Feb. 2018 This special issue of Scientific American summarizes what science has discovered about how time permeates and guides both our physical world and our inner selves. The Editors, Scientific American, "What Time Is It?," 24 Oct. 2014 In Uber’s system, employees can query a database, for example, to summarize recent rides in a particular area. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 In fact, that pretty much summarizes the women’s game worldwide. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Best of the World Cup: when cultures mix," 6 July 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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More Definitions for summarize

summarize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of summarize

: to tell (information) again using fewer words

summarize

verb
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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