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. 2018

Examples from the Web for summarised

Historical Examples of summarised

  • But at dinner one evening she summarised it to Peter Verelst who sat at her right.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • On their way back Corona summarised him as "a truly Christian tradesman."

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • She summarised the hall-porter's sentiments most accurately.

  • The criticism we have to apply to materialism is not the same as that just summarised.

  • I have only summarised the full legend on the lines adopted by Dr. Tylor.

British Dictionary definitions for summarised



  1. (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 summarised



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

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