(pl. summaries) a short statement that gives only the main points of something, not the details The following is a summary of our conclusions. a news summary a two-page summary of a government report In summary, this was a disappointing performance. Word Origin late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin summarius, from summa
‘sum total’, feminine of summus ‘highest’.Extra examples Details of new titles, with plot summaries, are included in the catalogue. He has provided a useful summary of the main categories. He only reads the executive summary of reports. In summary, his views are out of date. Is that a fair summary of the situation? She decided not to include this incident in her summary of the day’s events. The information is shown in summary form in the following tables. What follows is a brief summary of the findings. In summary, there is a need for an integrated approach to problem-solving. The book also includes summaries at the end of each chapter. The report will be available online in summary form.