noun, plural sum·mings-up.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for summing-up

Historical Examples of summing-up

  • On the day of the summing-up at the trial the court room was crowded.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • I like to think my summing-up would not have been a word of careless contempt.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • This summing-up sentence stands on his stiff and dry margin.

  • He did not choose to obey Jermyn's indication, and confine himself to the summing-up.

  • "I told Uncle Biron I must be away from business to hear the summing-up," he said.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for summing-up



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