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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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 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

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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