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verb (used with object), sum·ma·rized, sum·ma·riz·ing.
  1. to make a summary of; state or express in a concise form.
  2. to constitute a summary of.
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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
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Related Words for summarization

definition, sketch, confession, picture, narration, explanation, detail, summary, depiction, information, version, tale, statement, narrative, report, portrayal, story, characterization, rundown, yarn

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Historical Examples of summarization

  • They swept through a summarization of the Nucleus as a whole during that critical period.

    Cubs of the Wolf

    Raymond F. Jones

British Dictionary definitions for summarization



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


1860, noun of action from summarize.

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

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