sum·​ma·​rize | \ ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce summarize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce summarizable (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Just as Open Questions will comb through fan responses to summarize arguments on key tennis questions, IBM says its technology could analyze a company's documents and data to conduct research or improve customer service. Clare Duffy, CNN, "IBM's Watson is helping tennis fans argue with each other," 1 Sep. 2020 What follows is an attempt to summarize both the considerations that motivate this advice, as well as the factors these experts suggest people keep in mind when making decisions about in-person learning this fall. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What experts are saying about opening schools amid COVID-19," 26 Aug. 2020 Will Burtin in 1951 to summarize the effectiveness of three antibiotics—penicillin, neomycin, and streptomycin—in treating 13 bacteria. Andrew Gelman, Wired, "Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?," 25 Aug. 2020 Bohannon had warned me that the software would struggle to summarize more creative writing, particularly poetry, and the results were not pretty. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Can A.I. understand poetry?," 18 Aug. 2020 In a study published in the journal Food & Function, researchers summarize the protective effects of spinach, based on the activity of its naturally occurring phytochemicals and bioactive compounds. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "6 Health Benefits of Spinach, According to a Nutritionist," 18 Aug. 2020 When the epilogue to the story of 2020 is written, the final words used to summarize this year will be that nothing made sense. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "With Big Ten football's fate pending, coaches in rare position: Totally out of control," 10 Aug. 2020 Institute For Learning In Retirement facilitator Joel Ivers will summarize the week’s lead stories, discuss in-depth any significant new legislation, and lead you in an informative and vibrant discussion. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Virtual community, entertainment events," 10 Aug. 2020 Rabbi Biegeleisen explained that to summarize Judaism in a single sentence or verse was nonsense. David Lehman, The New Yorker, "Tales Told to Tevye," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of summarize

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Summarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of summarize

: to tell (information) again using fewer words


sum·​ma·​rize | \ ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce summarize (audio) \
summarized; summarizing

Kids Definition of summarize

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

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