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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At a meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics in November, Zenit summarized this earlier work and also gave a preview of ongoing research into three other painting techniques. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Julia Azari nicely summarized the challenges faced by Democrats in a recent piece at FiveThirtyEight. Seth Masket, Vox, "Democrats in 2020 don’t have the Republican safety margin," 29 Nov. 2018 Megan can summarize the issues, describe her improvement plan, and answer any questions. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "2 options for handling mansplaining at work," 28 Nov. 2018 That, and that alone, will adequately summarize his deep, eternal love to the world. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Reacts Adorably to Joe Jonas Secretly Instagramming Her," 25 Nov. 2018 The Election Ads Transparency Report which summarizes which organizations are spending the money in which locations, will also be returning from 2017’s US Midterm Elections. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google tightens political ad policies ahead of 2019 EU elections," 23 Nov. 2018 And since its series finale—on December 12, 2012—Gossip Girl has been analyzed by every possible metric: the episodes summarized, the characters ranked, the couples ranked, and the best episodes complied. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 The group was found by divers Monday, and authorities summarized their condition as malnourished and weak but otherwise in good health. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Hero or zero?': Thailand abuzz over coach who led boys into cave – then kept them alive," 5 July 2018 Aram investigated the delay in informing the patient about the test results, summarizing her communications in her case progress notes. Dan Eaton,, "Not every workplace complaint is legally protected whistleblowing," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of summarize

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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