summarize

verb

sum·​ma·​rize ˈsə-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce summarize (audio)
summarized; summarizing

transitive verb

: to tell in or reduce to a summary

intransitive verb

: to make a summary
summarizable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Safari will summarize news and other web articles, including generating tables of contents. Kif Leswing, CNBC, 15 July 2024 The feature entered beta testing late last month, and will allow OneNote users to write handwritten notes using a stylus and then summarize them, ask questions, or even generate to-do lists based on the notes. Tom Warren, The Verge, 12 July 2024 Unfortunately, these characters are easy to summarize because the novel presents them in the highly schematic framework of a TV sitcom or a Marxist revenge fantasy. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 The 63-year-old star's resume is too lengthy and diverse to summarize. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for summarize 

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of summarize was in 1832

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“Summarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/summarize. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

summarize

verb
sum·​ma·​rize ˈsəm-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce summarize (audio)
summarized; summarizing
1
: to tell in or reduce to a summary
2
: to make a summary
summarizable adjective
summarizer noun

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