Definitions for Summaryˈsʌm ə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sum•ma•ry*ˈsʌm ə ri(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ries

  1. (n.)a comprehensive and usu. brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of things previously stated.

  2. (adj.)brief and comprehensive; concise.

  3. direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast:

    treated with summary dispatch.

  4. (of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.

    Category: Law

* Syn: summary , brief , digest , synopsis are terms for a short version of a longer work. A summary is a brief statement or restatement of main points, esp. as a conclusion to a work: a summary of a chapter. A brief is a concise statement, usu. of the main points of a legal case: The attorney filed a brief. A digest is a condensed and systematically arranged collection of literary, legal, or scientific matter: a digest of Roman law. A synopsis is a condensed statement giving a general overview of a subject or a brief summary of a plot: a synopsis of a play.

Origin of summary:

1400–50; late ME < L summārium=summ(a)sum+-ārium -ary

Princeton's WordNet

  1. summary, sum-up(adj)

    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form

    "he gave a summary of the conclusions"

  2. drumhead, summary(adj)

    performed speedily and without formality

    "a summary execution"; "summary justice"

  3. compendious, compact, succinct, summary(adj)

    briefly giving the gist of something

    "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. summary(noun)ˈsʌm ə ri

    a brief account of the main points of sth

    Write a fifty-word summary of the article.


  1. summary(Noun)

    An abstract or a condensed presentation of the substance of a body of material.

  2. summary(Adjective)

    Concise, brief or presented in a condensed form

    A summary review is in the appendix.

  3. summary(Adjective)

    Performed speedily and without formal ceremony.

    They used summary executions to break the resistance of the people.

  4. summary(Adjective)

    Performed by cutting the procedures of a normal trial.

    Summary justice is bad justice.

  5. Origin: (Adjective) From summarius, from summa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summary(adj)

    formed into a sum; summed up; reduced into a narrow compass, or into few words; short; brief; concise; compendious; as, a summary statement of facts

  2. Summary(adj)

    hence, rapidly performed; quickly executed; as, a summary process; to take summary vengeance

  3. Summary(adj)

    a general or comprehensive statement; an abridged account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium, containing the sum or substance of a fuller account

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Summary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3468

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Summary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3636

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Summary' in Nouns Frequency: #1381

Translations for Summary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a shortened form of a statement, story etc giving only the main points

A summary of his speech was printed in the newspaper.

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