[ suhm-ing-uhp ]
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noun,plural sum·mings-up.
  1. a summation or statement made for the purpose of reviewing the basic concepts or principles of an argument, story, explanation, testimony, or the like, and usually presented at the end.

Origin of summing-up

1780–90; sum up + -ing1

Words Nearby summing-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use summing-up in a sentence

  • There is little difficulty in summing up their tenets: it is "Reverence, without servility."

  • "The conditions all along the line are almost revolutionary," was Ripley's summing-up of the situation.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
  • Summing up what we have discovered about the nature of Essence, we find first three genera.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • It had been agreed that Sandoval, who possessed the most oratorical ability, should deliver the last toast as a summing up.

    The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal
  • Summing up our experiences, we agreed that we enjoyed the life thoroughly, but much preferred marching to sitting still.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. | Erskine Childers

British Dictionary definitions for summing-up


  1. a review or summary of the main points of an argument, speech, etc

  2. a direction regarding the law and a summary of the evidence, given by a judge in his address to the jury before they retire to consider their verdict

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