- the limit of the sequence of partial sums of a given infinite series.
- union (def. 10a).
- 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
synonym study for sum
OTHER WORDS FROM sumsumless, adjectivesum·less·ness, nounoutsum, verb (used with object), out·summed, out·sum·ming.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sumsome, sum
Other definitions for sum (2 of 3)
Other definitions for sum (3 of 3)
How to use sum in a sentence
Is it True that “Gays vs. Traditionalists are a Zero-Sum Game”?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Willima and Kate raised a similar sum at a private dinner for just 30 philanthropists on Sunday night.Kate and William's Glamorous $2m New York Send Off|Tom Sykes|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, they are viewing their donors, and their future children, not as whole people but as the sum of certain parts.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when it comes to the value of antiquities for human history, the sum of the parts is not greater than the whole.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She later sued him alleging a vicious cycle of abuse, and he settled with his ex-wife out of court for an undisclosed sum.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer|Marlow Stern|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was such a magnificent sum that Sol did not feel like taking the familiarity with it of mentioning it aloud.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Of which the sum is that all the parties to the case are evidently, for the time being, Protestants!
I've tried to teach lots of folks; an' sum learns quick, an' some don't never learn; it's jest 's 't strikes 'em.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
The King now increased it to the enormous sum of two shilling and ten pence.
With that sum, twice as much infantry could be maintained as that which your Majesty has here.
British Dictionary definitions for sum (1 of 2)
- the result of the addition of numbers, quantities, objects, etc
- the cardinality of the union of disjoint sets whose cardinalities are the given numbers