sum up

Meaning(s)

1. a brief summary, encapsulate

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sum up the importance of something/somebody

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 To 'sum something up' means to give a short or brief summary. If you 'sum up' a speech, report or lesson you give the main information again or describe the main points as briefly as possible. In law, during a court trial, a judge may 'sum up' the main information in a case that the jury should consider. This is a phrasal verb use both in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Mary constantly played her music too loud, even late at night. Tom summed up what everyone in the house was thinking when he told her that her behaviour was unacceptable.

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  1. Our boss spoke for a long time at the meeting so I can't remember everything that was said, but, to sum up, she basically emphasized the importance of teamwork in any successful company.
  2. The fact that Jane has never had a customer make a complaint about her in 25 years of working in retail sums up just how good she is at her job.

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