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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Most notably, attorney general Bill Barr, who summarized Mueller’s investigation for the public in March, indicating that Trump did not obstruct justice. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "In the Trump era, the lawyer jokes are on us," 31 May 2019 So, to summarize: Foot out, hands up, shoulders back, chin down, lean forward, look away, and LAUGH. Elizabeth Holmes, Marie Claire, "What Do I Do With My Hands In Photos? And Other Important Questions, Answered," 12 Dec. 2018 Stephanopoulos, who posted a story summarizing the conversation, said Cohen indicated a willingness to cooperate with Mueller as well as with federal prosecutors in New York investigating Cohen for possible election law and financial crimes. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Michael Cohen: Family, country before President Donald Trump," 2 July 2018 After their workout, cyclists receive an email summarizing their performance. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An indoor cycling studio with high-intensity workouts, separate weightlifting area is coming to Shorewood," 26 June 2018 In the clip, Yakushimaru appears onstage after Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker introduces her background and a video summarizing the aim and process of the project is shown. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch Etsuko Yakushimaru's Captivating Performance of Award-Winner 'I'm Humanity'," 31 May 2018 Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, summarized the motivation behind the town hall meetings at an event held in Parkland, Florida. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Paul Ryan Was Among the Politicians Called Out for Not Attending Town Hall for Our Lives Events," 9 Apr. 2018 The following day, Dawkins reportedly sent another email summarizing the Nike Skills Academy in Los Angeles. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Christian Dawkins tried to broker deal with MSU for Brian Bowen," 24 Feb. 2018 Changing any of the school’s specific requirements risks changing its broader goal and results that have included test scores higher than nearby traditional public schools, the judge summarized the board as contending. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "US judge: School’s rule for girls to wear skirts breaks law," 29 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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