What does SUM mean?

Definitions for SUMsʌm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SUM.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sum, sum of money, amount, amount of money(noun)

    a quantity of money

    "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"

  2. sum, amount, total(noun)

    a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

  3. sum, summation, sum total(noun)

    the final aggregate

    "the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered"

  4. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)

    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"

  5. sum, total, totality, aggregate(noun)

    the whole amount

  6. union, sum, join(verb)

    a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets

    "let C be the union of the sets A and B"

  7. summarize, summarise, sum, sum up(verb)

    be a summary of

    "The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper"

  8. total, tot, tot up, sum, sum up, summate, tote up, add, add together, tally, add up(verb)

    determine the sum of

    "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sum(noun)

    the aggregate of two or more numbers, magnitudes, quantities, or particulars; the amount or whole of any number of individuals or particulars added together; as, the sum of 5 and 7 is 12

  2. Sum(noun)

    a quantity of money or currency; any amount, indefinitely; as, a sum of money; a small sum, or a large sum

  3. Sum(noun)

    the principal points or thoughts when viewed together; the amount; the substance; compendium; as, this is the sum of all the evidence in the case; this is the sum and substance of his objections

  4. Sum(noun)

    height; completion; utmost degree

  5. Sum(noun)

    a problem to be solved, or an example to be wrought out

  6. Sum(verb)

    to bring together into one whole; to collect into one amount; to cast up, as a column of figures; to ascertain the totality of; -- usually with up

  7. Sum(verb)

    to bring or collect into a small compass; to comprise in a few words; to condense; -- usually with up

  8. Sum(verb)

    to have (the feathers) full grown; to furnish with complete, or full-grown, plumage

  9. Origin: [OE. summe, somme, OF. sume, some, F. somme, L. summa, fr. summus highest, a superlative from sub under. See Sub-, and cf. Supreme.]


  1. Sum

    Sum, sumu, sumon, and somon are a type of administrative district used in China, Mongolia, and Russia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sum

    sum, n. the amount of two or more things taken together: the whole of anything: a quantity of money: a problem in arithmetic: chief points: substance or result of reasoning: summary: height: completion.—v.t. to collect into one amount or whole: to count: to bring into a few words:—pr.p. sum′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. summed.—adj. Sum′less, not to be summed or counted: incalculable.—ns. Sum′mer, one who sums; Sum′ming, the act of one who sums, arithmetic; Sum′ming-up, a recapitulation or review of the leading points, a judge's summary survey of the evidence given to a jury before it withdraws to consider its verdict; Sum′mist, one who makes a summary, esp. a theological compendium. [Fr.,—L. summasummus, supremus, highest, superl. of superus, on high—super, above.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SUM' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2615

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SUM' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1945

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SUM' in Nouns Frequency: #837

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SUM' in Verbs Frequency: #895


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SUM in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SUM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rene Descartes:

    Cogito ergo sum.

  2. Ambrose Bierce:

    Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum

  3. Kayvan Sylvan:

    Dubito ergo sum - I doubt therefore I am

  4. Fredirect Toyou:

    Bibo, ergo sum. - I drink, therefore I am

  5. Rene Descartes:

    Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.)

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