summarize

verb sum·ma·rize \ ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018
summarized; summarizing
: to tell in or reduce to a summary
: to make a summary

summarizable

play \ˌsə-mə-ˈrī-zə-bəl\ adjective

summarizer

noun

Examples of summarize in a Sentence

  1. I would like to take a moment to summarize the facts that I presented earlier.

  2. He summarized by saying we needed better planning and implementation.

  3. To summarize, we need better schools.

Recent Examples of summarize from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'summarize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of summarize

1832

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

SUMMARIZE Defined for English Language Learners

summarize

  • : to tell (information) again using fewer words


SUMMARIZE Defined for Kids

summarize

verb sum·ma·rize \ ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz \
summarized; summarizing
: to tell in or reduce to a short statement of the main points


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up summarize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

peaceful, happy, or prosperous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Test Your Emoji Exceptionalism

  • test-your-emoji-exceptionalism-written-with-a-lot-of-emoji
  • What is this emoji intended to represent: 🤳
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!