What does summary mean?

Definitions for summary
ˈsʌm ə risum·ma·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. summary, sum-upadjective

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

    "he gave a summary of the conclusions"

  2. drumhead, summaryadjective

    performed speedily and without formality

    "a summary execution"; "summary justice"

  3. compendious, compact, succinct, summaryadjective

    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"


  1. summarynoun

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

  2. summaryadjective

    Concise, brief or presented in a condensed form

    A summary review is in the appendix.

  3. summaryadjective

    Performed speedily and without formal ceremony.

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

  4. summaryadjective

    Performed by cutting the procedures of a normal trial.

    Summary justice is bad justice.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Summaryadjective

    Short; brief; compendious.

    Etymology: sommaire, French; from sum.

    The judge
    Directed them to mind their brief,
    Nor spend their time to shew their reading,
    She’d have a summary proceeding. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Summarynoun

    Compendium; abridgment.

    Etymology: from the adj.

    We are enforc’d from our most quiet sphere
    By the rough torrent of occasion;
    And have the summary of all our griefs,
    When time shall serve, to shew in articles. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    In that comprehensive summary of our duty to God, there is no express mention thereof. John Rogers.


  1. summary

    A summary is a brief statement or account that captures the main points or essence of a larger text, event, situation, or process, in a concise and understandable way. It condenses and encapsulates the central ideas, key arguments, or critical points of the source, providing an overview without going into detailed elaboration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summaryadjective

    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. Summaryadjective

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

  3. Summaryadjective

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

  4. Etymology: [F. sommaire, or L. summarium. See Summary, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Summary

    sum′a-ri, adj. summed up or condensed: short: brief: compendious: done by a short method.—n. an abstract, abridgment, or compendium.—adv. Summ′arily.—n. Summ′ariness.—v.t. Summ′arise, to present in a summary or briefly.—ns. Summ′arist; one who summarises; Summ′ūla, a brief educational text-book.—Summary diligence (Scots law), the process by which execution may proceed without the need of further application to the court, in the case of bonds and other instruments registered for execution.

Editors Contribution

  1. summary

    Concise in form.

    The summary of information was very helpful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of summary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of summary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of summary in a Sentence

  1. Edre Olalia:

    The drug menace must stop... Yet the apparent serial summary executions of alleged street drug users or petty drug lords which appear sudden, too contrived and predictable must also stop, the two are not incompatible.

  2. Akira Hirai:

    Most equity investors prefer either an executive summary or pitch deck for first contact, but will often request a more detailed plan later in the due diligence process. Potential customers don’t need all the details of your internal operation. Your management team needs access to everything.

  3. Gary Smith:

    What we set out to do was give a nice summary of what's happened over the last 25 years to this source of injury to young kids, and specifically to look at the effect of the 2010 change that converted the safety standards of walkers from a voluntary standard to a mandatory standard.

  4. Liz Throssell:

    We are deeply concerned that, after recent fighting in Benghazi, people taken prisoner by members of the Libyan National Army, which effectively controls eastern Libya, may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution, reports have suggested the involvement of Special Forces, a unit aligned with the LNA, in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least 10 captured men.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    I've read the summary of the call. If this is the' launching point' for Hunter Biden.White House Democrats' impeachment process, they've already overplayed their hand, it's clear there is no quid pro quo that House Democrats ' were desperately praying for.

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