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 Wolverines are in the weasel family: intelligent, crafty and tough, according to an Alaska Department Fish and Game report published in 2014 summarizing a state research project using GPS tracking collars. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was so unfazed by me’: Woman recounts slobber-covered cat’s Anchorage wolverine encounter," 12 Nov. 2019 The White House released a memo summarizing the phone conversation, which confirmed that Trump pushed Ukraine to make the investigation. Nick Romano,, "Anonymous author of New York Times op-ed on Trump to pen tell-all book," 22 Oct. 2019 The caller made racist remarks directed to Carter and said that if taxes increase, the mayor will have to pay for it and will have to put bulletproof windows on his house, according to a police report summarized by Sgt. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Mayor Carter receives threatening, racist messages on trash debate; police investigating," 22 Oct. 2019 Since then: The governor has had time to review the White House memo summarizing a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "As impeachment proceedings advance, Arizona governor says he still supports Trump," 22 Oct. 2019 The bond oversight committee earlier this month presented to the district’s five-member governing board a final report summarizing the completion of all Prop. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Healthcare district closes books on Proposition G from 2006," 18 Oct. 2019 After working overtime for the last couple of years, scientists volunteering for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have now provided a report summarizing what existing research tells us about a 1.5ºC warmer world. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it would take to stop climate change sooner," 8 Oct. 2018 During the group interview, Tony Stieritz, director of the Catholic Social Action Office in the archdiocese, produced a three-page report summarizing some of the programs that address race issues. Mark Curnutte,, "'Racism is a pro-life issue': The Catholic Church's latest response to racism in America," 3 June 2018 Clemson’s Antonis Katsiyannis, the lead author, said in a press release summarizing their findings. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "A Santa Fe High School student says she expected to be shot at one day," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of summarize

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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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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