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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.
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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  • They are also required to submit a report summarizing their findings within two months of returning from the field.
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  • Handout summarizing key emergency management resources available to school officials.
  • Each bureau has established processes for collecting, summarizing and distributing the annual and final accomplishment reports.
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British Dictionary definitions for summarizing


(transitive) to make or be a summary of; express concisely
Derived Forms
summarizable, summarisable, adjective
summarization, summarisation, noun
summarizer, summariser, summarist, noun
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Word Origin and History for summarizing



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

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