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American English: /səm/
British English: /sʌm/

Translation of sum in Spanish:


  • 1 (calculation)
    (in general) cuenta (feminine)
    I'll have to do my sums
    tengo que hacer cuentas or cálculos
    she's very good at sums
    es muy buena en aritmética
    Example sentences
    • A perfect number is defined to be one which is equal to the sum of its aliquot parts.
    • In fact the Egyptians only had fractions of this type and if the answer had not involved a unit fraction then the Egyptians would have written the fractional part as the sum of unit fractions.
    • Find a right triangle having the property that the hypotenuse equals the sum of one leg plus the altitude on the hypotenuse.
    Example sentences
    • You saw crates of certain sizes, and then you would do your sums and then do your deductions from that.
    • Have you ever wondered why your children seem to do their sums upside-down nowadays?
    • She said: ‘I still have to do my sums and see if it is still a possibility for me.’
  • 3 (of money)
    suma (feminine) or cantidad (feminine) (de dinero)
    she spends vast sums on clothes
    gasta muchísimo (dinero) en ropa
    Example sentences
    • Is it right to spend vast sums of money funding expensive conferences?
    • Most Japanese currently hold large sums of money in secure savings accounts that yield zero interest.
    • The conman asks the person contacted to contribute a small sum of money to speed up the release of the funds.

Phrasal verbs

sum up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (summarize)
the situation can be summed up in one word: chaos
la situación se puede sintetizar en una palabra: caos
1.2 (assess)
she quickly summed up the situation
enseguida se hizo una composición de lugar
enseguida evaluó la situación
2verb + adverb 2.1 (summarize) to sum up, our analysis shows that …
resumiendo or en resumen or para recapitular, nuestro análisis demuestra que …
2.2 (Law)
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