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adjective sum·ma·ry \ ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē or -ˌmer-ē \

Definition of summary

1 :comprehensive; especially :covering the main points succinctly
2 a :done without delay or formality :quickly executed
  • a summary dismissal
b :of, relating to, or using a summary proceeding
  • a summary trial

summarily

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Examples of summary in a Sentence

  1. a summary account of the accident

  2. obviously a one-volume encyclopedia can offer only a very summary account of the American Civil War

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Origin and Etymology of summary

Middle English, from Medieval Latin summarius, from Latin summa sum

Synonym Discussion of summary

concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative.
    • a concise description
terse implies pointed conciseness.
    • a terse reply
succinct implies the greatest possible compression.
    • a succinct letter of resignation
laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious.
    • an aloof and laconic stranger
summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation.
    • a summary listing of the year's main events
pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance.
    • a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners
compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment.
    • a compendious dictionary

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noun sum·ma·ry \ ˈsə-mə-rē also ˈsəm-rē \

Definition of summary

plural summaries
:an abstract, abridgment, or compendium especially of a preceding discourse

Examples of summary in a Sentence

  1. He concluded the report with a brief summary.

  2. They gave a summary of their progress in building the bridge.

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First Known Use of summary

1509



SUMMARY Defined for English Language Learners

summary

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adjective

Definition of summary for English Language Learners

  • : using few words to give the most important information about something

  • : done quickly in a way that does not follow the normal process


summary

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noun

Definition of summary for English Language Learners

  • : a brief statement that gives the most important information about something


SUMMARY Defined for Kids

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summary

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adjective sum·ma·ry \ ˈsə-mə-rē \

Definition of summary for Students

1 :expressing or covering the main points briefly :concise
  • a summary account
2 :done without delay
  • summary punishment

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Definition of summary for Students

plural summaries
:a short statement of the main points (as in a book or report)

Law Dictionary

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adjective sum·ma·ry \ ˈsə-mə-rē \

legal Definition of summary

:done immediately, concisely, and without usual formal procedures; especially :used in or done by summary proceeding — compare plenary

summarily

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