Definition of sum up in English:

sum up

  • 1Give a brief summary of something: Gerard will open the debate and I will sum up
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    • And those brief details sum up half a century in the life of Bobby Bell, so little is known about him.
    • Andrew Gimson in the Telegraph sums up precisely what this means for the election.
    • This comment precisely sums up what is expected of a historian when he writes down a narration or a report or a book.
    summarize, make/give a summary of, précis, outline, give an outline of, recapitulate, review
    informal recap
  • 1.1 Law (Of a judge) review the evidence at the end of a case, and direct the jury regarding points of law.
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    • As the learned judge said in his summing up to the jury, motive is irrelevant; intention is important.
    • It was therefore rather surprising to me when His Honour Judge Denison summed up to the jury that any military use would do.
    • Judge Russell then sums up the facts and the arguments presented to the jury.
    evaluate, assess, appraise, rate, gauge, judge, deem, adjudge, estimate, form an opinion of
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