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sum someone/thing up

Definition of sum someone/thing up in English:

Concisely describe of the nature or character of someone or something: selfish—that summed her up
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  • However, she hopes she would be more realistic than Ranevskaya, though she likes her character, summing her up as ‘complex, vulnerable, selfish, very flawed, hopefully charming but emotionally all over the shop’.
  • Asked to describe Armenian music, Montreal singer Lousnak sums it up in a single word.
  • These characteristics can be summed up as elegance, if you want just one word, but their real character is drinkability.
evaluate, assess, appraise, value, rate, weigh up, gauge, judge, deem, adjudge, estimate, form an opinion of, form an impression of, make one's mind up about, get the measure of, form a judgement of, make something of
informal size up
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