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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Like most of her plans, it is impressively researched and impossible to summarize in a single paragraph. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves," 19 Aug. 2019 Their duties included assembling clips of practice or game action to summarize a scouting report, or a teaching point, or a strategic adjustment. Mike Finger,, "Young Spurs and Team USA assistant a valued voice for Popovich," 7 Aug. 2019 To summarize: Democrats have moved far to the left. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Break Left," 4 Aug. 2019 Then, write a short paragraph to summarize your career as related to your goal. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Five best tips for writing your résumé," 3 Aug. 2019 To summarize: the bill would subsidize four uncompetitive power plants, remove all incentive to build more renewable energy projects, and cancel efforts to help customers use less energy. David Roberts, Vox, "Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century," 27 July 2019 The city attorney, the Department of Elections and the Ballot Simplification Committee are in charge of writing election materials for all ballot measures, including the voter guide that summarizes the measures and the language on the actual ballot. Catherine Ho,, "SF voters must be told Juul’s measure may repeal city’s flavored e-cigs ban," 6 Sep. 2019 Each summary will also likely include a statement by the complainant that summarizes the allegation of misconduct by police and the findings of the internal affairs investigation. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s police oversight board seeks more transparency," 3 Sep. 2019 The outlet, called The Recount, will be video-driven, featuring short videos that summarize what is happening in the news. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "John Heilemann, John Battelle launch new politics-focused media outlet," 29 July 2019

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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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