[prey-see, prey-see]

noun, plural pré·cis [prey-seez, prey-seez] /preɪˈsiz, ˈpreɪ siz/.

a concise summary.

verb (used with object)

to make a précis of.

Origin of précis

1750–60; < French, noun use of adj., literally, cut short. See precise
Can be confusedprécis precise

Synonyms for précis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for precising



noun plural precis or précis (ˈpreɪsiːz)

a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract


(tr) to make a precis of

Word Origin for precis

C18: from French: precise
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Word Origin and History for precising



1760, from French noun use of Middle French précis "cut short, condensed" (see precise). As a verb, from 1856.

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