verb (used with object), sum·ma·rized, sum·ma·riz·ing.

to make a summary of; state or express in a concise form.
to constitute a summary of.

Also especially British, sum·ma·rise.

Origin of summarize

First recorded in 1870–75; summar(y) + -ize
Related formssum·ma·riz·a·ble, adjectivesum·ma·ri·za·tion, nounsum·ma·riz·er, sum·mar·ist, nounun·sum·ma·riz·a·ble, adjectiveun·sum·ma·rized, adjectivewell-sum·ma·rized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) to make or be a summary of; express concisely
Derived Formssummarizable or summarisable, adjectivesummarization or summarisation, nounsummarizer, summariser or summarist, noun
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Word Origin and History for summarise

chiefly British English spelling of summarize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Summarised; summarising.



1837, American English, from summary + -ize. Related: Summarized; summarizing.

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