- the act or result of summing up; summary.
Origin of sum-up
- the aggregate of two or more numbers, magnitudes, quantities, or particulars as determined by or as if by the mathematical process of addition: The sum of 6 and 8 is 14.
- a particular aggregate or total, especially with reference to money: The expenses came to an enormous sum.
- an indefinite amount or quantity, especially of money: to lend small sums.
- a series of numbers or quantities to be added up.
- an arithmetical problem to be solved, or such a problem worked out and having the various steps shown.
- the full amount, or the whole.
- the substance or gist of a matter, comprehensively or broadly viewed or expressed: the sum of his opinions.
- concise or brief form: in sum.
- the limit of the sequence of partial sums of a given infinite series.
- union(def 10a).
- a summary.
- to combine into an aggregate or total (often followed by up).
- to ascertain the sum of, as by addition.
- to bring into or contain in a small compass (often followed by up).
- to amount (usually followed by to or into): Their expenses summed into the thousands.
- sum up,
- to reckon: We summed up our assets and liabilities.
- to bring into or contain in a brief and comprehensive statement; summarize: to sum up the case for the prosecution.
- to form a quick estimate of: I summed him up in a minute.
Origin of sum
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- to summarize (feelings, the main points of an argument, etc)the judge began to sum up
- (tr) to form a quick opinion ofI summed him up in five minutes
- the result of the addition of numbers, quantities, objects, etc
- the cardinality of the union of disjoint sets whose cardinalities are the given numbers
- one or more columns or rows of numbers to be added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided
- maths the limit of a series of sums of the first n terms of a converging infinite series as n tends to infinity
- (plural) another name for number work
- a quantity, esp of moneyhe borrows enormous sums
- the essence or gist of a matter (esp in the phrases in sum, in sum and substance)
- a less common word for summary
- archaic the summit or maximum
- (modifier) complete or final (esp in the phrase sum total)
- (often foll by up) to add or form a total of (something)
- (tr) to calculate the sum of (the terms in a sequence)
- the standard monetary unit of Uzbekistan, divided into 100 tiyin
Word Origin and History for sum up
late 13c., "quantity or amount of money," from Anglo-French and Old French summe (13c.), from Latin summa "total number, whole, essence, gist," noun use of fem. of summus "highest," from PIE *sup-mos-, from root *uper "over" (see super-).
The sense development from "highest" to "total number" is probably via the Roman custom of adding up a stack of figures from the bottom and writing the sum at the top, rather than at the bottom as we do now (cf. the bottom line). Meaning "total number of anything" is recorded from late 14c. Meaning "essence of a writing or speech" also is attested from late 14c. The verb is attested from c.1300; meaning "briefly state the substance of" (now usually with up) is first recorded 1620s. Sum-total is attested from late 14c., from Medieval Latin summa totalis.
- The result of adding numbers or quantities. The sum of 6 and 9, for example, is 15, and the sum of 4x and 5x is 9x.
Idioms and Phrases with sum up
Present the substance of, summarize, as in They always sum up the important news in a couple of minutes, or That expletive sums up my feelings about the matter. [Early 1600s]