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 summarize (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 Meteorologists worked to compile a report on the tornado that would rate its strength and summarize its damage. Phil Davis,, 2 Sep. 2021 On the line is the widespread sentiment in Washington that something must be done to rein in Big Tech after years of what critics would summarize as election interference, misinformation, privacy breaches and predatory business practices. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 To summarize its latest figures, released last month, parts of the Dakotas and Montana are cooler, but the rest of the country is warmer, and a lot of it is wetter. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 To summarize, there's a lot to do — if you've been vaccinated. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 The center, which is working with the district, will compile and summarize input from the town hall meetings and share it with the 48-member superintendent advisory committee. Anissa Durham, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2021 The central government has set up an investigation team to evaluate the disaster response, summarize the lessons from it and hold accountable anyone guilty of dereliction of duty, Chinese media said. NBC News, 21 July 2021 Ever since Love signed his four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland, which kicked in during the 2019-20 season, injured is the best way to summarize how things are going. Evan Dammarell, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 So to summarize, Ledecky swam her second-fastest time ever in the 400 freestyle to win the silver medal, qualified first in the 200 freestyle and qualified first in the 1,500 freestyle, all in one day. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021

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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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