or sum·up

[ suhm-uhp ]

  1. the act or result of summing up; summary.

Origin of sum-up

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase sum up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sum-up in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sum up

sum up

  1. to summarize (feelings, the main points of an argument, etc): the judge began to sum up

  2. (tr) to form a quick opinion of: I summed him up in five minutes

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Other 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]

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