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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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of an independent counsel presenting evidence to the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee collected it and wrote a 300-page report summarizing their findings. CBS News, "The differences between Trump's impeachment and Clinton's," 19 Dec. 2019 In a letter to the Juneau police chief summarizing the analysis, Jack McKenna, chief assistant attorney general in the Office of Special Prosecutions, said the state will not bring criminal charges against Officer Thomas McGrann. Anchorage Daily News, "Review: No criminal charges for Juneau police officer involved in shooting," 17 Dec. 2019 After completing the hearings, the Intelligence Committee is to send a report summarizing its findings to the Judiciary Committee. Fortune, "How to Watch the Public Impeachment Hearings Live Online Without Cable," 13 Nov. 2019 By contrast, most analysts still manually pour through reams of documents and manually summarize them, Socher says. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "IBM’s A.I. Can Now Mine People’s Collective Thoughts. Will Businesses Use This Data Thoughtfully?," 12 Dec. 2019 The committee has begun writing a report summarizing its findings, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the Democrats' next moves. Arkansas Online, "Expert: Ukraine meddling lie," 22 Nov. 2019 Director of Finance Jason Stewart summarized those legal expenses in an Oct. 4 memo to Councilman Tim Ali, a copy of which obtained through a public records request. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Insurance company payouts exceed $1 million for Starr lawsuits; Middleburg Heights pays $319,000," 17 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday morning, when a memo summarizing Mr. Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president was released by the White House, the pro-Trump internet seemed unusually sedate. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Brace Yourself for the Internet Impeachment," 26 Sep. 2019 Magnuson presented a chart summarizing research on such programs around the country, going back several decades. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Early brain development is crucial to a child's future. What will it take to close the prekindergarten gap?," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of summarize

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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11 Jan 2020

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“Summarize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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