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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In season 2, Susie experiences an important plot line, though it's summarized in one line. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About "CAOS" Star Lachlan Watson," 12 Apr. 2019 The credit card transactions are summarized, which means the trustees are not given the credit card spending form or the bank statement as part of the approval process, officials previously said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview announces 'improvements and clarifications' to credit card policy following Pioneer Press investigation," 3 July 2018 The result is a system the founders say can summarize disparate documents and identify convictions more quickly than any human. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Startup That Will Vet You for Your Next Job," 27 Apr. 2018 A few minutes later, Kelepi Finau, who came to the United States in the mid-1960s from the island of Tonga, was in tears trying to summarize the turn of events. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Tony Finau Steals Masters Spotlight After Dislocating Ankle," 5 Apr. 2018 With that disclaimer in mind, here’s a chronological timeline summarizing the key events in the horrifying true saga behind Dirty John. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 In summarizing Candelaria Reardon's account, the legislative memo also said Hill reached beneath her clothing twice and grabbed her buttocks. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "'I am not anonymous': Lawmaker and Senate employee go public with Curtis Hill allegation," 6 July 2018 Separately, Trump’s legal team has provided documents to Mueller summarizing their views on key matters being investigated, according to a person familiar with the situation. Mary Clare Jalonick, Washington Post, "GOP leaders have yet to move to protect special counsel," 20 Mar. 2018 In a 2006 paper in the International Journal of STD and AIDS, researchers summarized four case studies of chlamydia conjunctivitis, concluding that three of them seemed to come from direct contact of semen with the eye. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 2019

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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 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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