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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [suhm-uh-ree]
    • /ˈsʌm ə ri/
    • /ˈsʌməri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [suhm-uh-ree]
    • /ˈsʌm ə ri/

Definitions of summary word

  • noun plural summary a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements. 1
  • adjective summary brief and comprehensive; concise. 1
  • adjective summary direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast: to treat someone with summary dispatch. 1
  • adjective summary (of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial. 1
  • noun summary brief abstract 1
  • adjective summary brief, concise 1

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Origin of summary

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin summārium, equivalent to summ(a) sum + -ārium -ary

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Summary


summary popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

summary usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for summary

noun summary

  • abbreviation — An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase, made by leaving out some of the letters or by using only the first letter of each word.
  • abridgment — a shortened version of a written work
  • abstract — An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.
  • acta — an official record of public events
  • adumbration — to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.

adj summary

  • alacritous — cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
  • annotative — to supply with critical or explanatory notes; comment upon in notes: to annotate the works of Shakespeare.
  • arbitrary — If you describe an action, rule, or decision as arbitrary, you think that it is not based on any principle, plan, or system. It often seems unfair because of this.
  • band-aid — A Band-Aid is a small piece of sticky tape that you use to cover small cuts or wounds on your body.
  • compendious — containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct

adjective summary

Antonyms for summary

adj summary

noun summary

  • dissertation — a written essay, treatise, or thesis, especially one written by a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

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