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[suhm-uh-rahyz] /ˈsʌm əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), summarized, summarizing.
to make a summary of; state or express in a concise form.
to constitute a summary of.
Also, especially British, summarise.
Origin of summarize
1870-75; summar(y) + -ize
Related forms
summarizable, adjective
summarization, noun
summarizer, summarist, noun
unsummarizable, adjective
unsummarized, adjective
well-summarized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for summarize
  • Be able to write about, discuss and summarize the main ideas in a book.
  • It's impossible to briefly summarize the twists and turns of the complicated saga.
  • Ask groups to summarize their articles in a short paragraph.
  • If the logic therein is so persuasive, then you should be able to summarize it here and make your case.
  • Let me summarize two different ways of looking at the motion of an object.
  • The scope of the book makes it difficult to summarize.
  • The letters are short, but summarize well each side's views.
  • So to summarize this blog in one sentence, cheaper cameras have lower resolution.
  • And my professors hadn't seen me teach, so they had to creatively summarize my student evaluations.
  • Let me summarize some of the key challenges and opportunities.
British Dictionary definitions for summarize


(transitive) to make or be a summary of; express concisely
Derived Forms
summarizable, summarisable, adjective
summarization, summarisation, noun
summarizer, summariser, summarist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for summarize

1837, American English, from summary + -ize. Related: Summarized; summarizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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