Definition of sum up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

sum up

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  1. 1 to state the main points of something in a short and clear form synonym summarize To sum up, there are three main ways of tackling the problem… sum up what… Can I just sum up what we've agreed to so far? Language Bankconclusionsumming up an argument In conclusion, the study has provided useful insights into the issues relating to people's perception of crime. Based on this study, it can be concluded that the introduction of new street lighting did not reduce reported crime. To sum up, no evidence can be found to support the view that improved street lighting reduces reported crime. The available evidence clearly leads to the conclusion that the media do have an influence on the public perception of crime. The main conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the public perception of crime is significantly influenced by crime news reporting. This study has shown that people's fear of crime is out of all proportion to crime itself. Fear of crime is out of all proportion to the actual level of crime, and the reasons for this can be summarized as follows. First… Overall/In general, women are more likely than men to feel insecure walking alone after dark.
  2. 2(of a judge) to give a summary of the main facts and arguments in a legal case, near the end of a trial

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  1. 1to describe or show the most typical characteristics of someone or something, especially in a few words Totally lazy—that just about sums him up. For me, the novel summed up the major problems of human existence.
  2. 2to form or express an opinion of someone or something synonym size up She quickly summed up the situation and took control. related noun summing-up
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