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Definition of sum-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

sum up

summed up; summing up; sums up

Definition of sum up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to be the sum of : bring to a total 10 victories summed up his record
2a : to present or show succinctly : summarize sum up the evidence presented
b : to assess and then describe briefly : size up

intransitive verb

: to present a summary or recapitulation

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Examples of sum-up in a Sentence

Verb in summing up the evidence against the defendant, the district attorney presented fact after damning fact
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The reason for this conclusion can be summed up in one single word: microwaves. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Desk Lunch Is a Dish Best Served Cold," 7 Oct. 2019 Bill Lundsford, speaking for the Department of Corrections at today’s first meeting of Gov. Kay Ivey’s prison study group, illustrated one problem with Alabama’s prison system which summed up several others. William Thornton |,, "Governor’s prison study group begins looking at issues," 22 July 2019 Allport summed up the Committee’s vision in a 1942 essay. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 This sums up the opening-night performance by the line: Reserve nose tackle Mike Purcell (17 of 58 snaps) flashed more than the starters. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Rating the Broncos: All phases a step behind Oakland in opening-night defeat," 10 Sep. 2019 That, more or less, sums up area Dickinson coach John Snelson's thinking in scheduling this non-district road test against state powerhouse Allen, a five-time state champion ranked No. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school football games to watch in Week 2," 4 Sep. 2019 That period sums up a day that also included a deep ball from Mayfield to Beckham in 7-on-7 and a dime from Mayfield to Jarvis Landry. Dan Labbe,, "Cleveland Browns training camp defensive report: A rough day with some turnovers mixed in," 6 Aug. 2019 Over at National Review, the indispensable Kyle Smith sums up the screen idol: As much as any movie star, Burt in his prime was the distillation of American cool. James Freeman, WSJ, "Burt Reynolds and Washington’s ‘Senior’ Suspects," 7 Sep. 2018 Her approach to dealing with climate change might be best summed up in her 2017 TED talk on the currently unknown impact clouds could have on the future of global weather. Time Staff, Time, "Meet 15 Women Leading the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sum-up


1894, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Sum-up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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