the sum of

idiom

1
: an amount of (money)
I paid the sum of $500.
2
: the result of (adding two or more numbers together)
The sum of 5 and 7 is 12
3
: all there is of : the whole amount of
Working odd summer jobs has been the sum of my experience so far.

Examples of the sum of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black incorrectly calculated the sum of any bribe, leading to a disproportionately long sentence for Householder. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 27 Feb. 2024 Its net leverage ratio, defined as total debt divided by the sum of the most recent four quarters of adjusted EBITDA, came in at 3.9 times as of the end of 2023. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 Even if the good is something as simple as a sunny day or a tasty meal, a positive mindset is the sum of all the small victories. Jordyn Bradley, Fortune Well, 15 Feb. 2024 Clarifying that messaging, and making sure potential applicants to all institutions of higher learning understand it, and what the sum of their pursuits will actually cost them, is essential. María Soledad Davila Calero, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 And the sum of the numbers in the Chiefs' rival teams name is (drumroll) 4+9=13. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 The result is an interesting misfire, yielding a few amusing moments while adding up to considerably less than the sum of its parts. Brian Lowry, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 But food, like other aspects of culture, is more than the sum of its parts. Emiene Wright, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 That’s why there are about 400 ballots sent in each year; the sum of 400 people creates an opinion that has worked quite well over the nearly-century-long process of voting. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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“The sum of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20sum%20of. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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