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"sum" in British English

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sumnoun

uk   us   /sʌm/

sum noun (AMOUNT OF MONEY)

B1 [C] an ​amount of ​money: Huge sums ofmoney are ​spent on ​nationaldefence. He ​sold the ​house for a tidy (= ​large) sum.humorous I ​worked for three ​wholeweeks for which I ​received the princely (= very ​low) sum of $100.
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sum noun (TOTAL)

[S] the ​wholenumber or ​amount when two or more ​numbers or ​amounts have been ​added together: The sum of 13 and 8 is 21.in sum formal considered as a ​whole: The ​meeting was, in sum, a ​disaster.the sum of sth all of something, ​especially when this is not very much: And that's the sum of my ​knowledge on the ​subject!

sum noun (CALCULATION)

[C] a ​calculation, ​especially a ​simple one, using such ​processes as ​adding, taking away, ​multiplying, or ​dividing: I ​remember how much I ​hated doing sums when I was at ​school.
(Definition of sum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sum" in American English

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sumnoun

 us   /sʌm/

sum noun (AMOUNT OF MONEY)

[C] a ​particularamount of ​money: The sum ​involved in the ​sale was not ​reported.

sum noun (TOTAL)

mathematics [U] a ​totalfound by the ​addition of two or more ​numbers: The sum of seven and twelve is nineteen.in sum In sum is said before giving a ​final, ​briefstatementdescribing something: In sum, the American ​public did not ​perceiveglobalwarming as ​urgent.
(Definition of sum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sum" in Business English

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sumnoun

uk   us   /sʌm/
[C] MONEY, FINANCE an ​amount of ​money: Share ​priceslid by 1p to 142p ​fuelled by ​concerns that the ​company might ​offer too generous a sum for the ​proposedventure in India. The ​sale of Germany's biggest ​commercial TV ​operator for an ​undisclosed sumfollows a ​bidding contest. Banks may not be prepared to ​open an ​account if the sum involved is too ​small.large/huge/enormous sums Restrictions have been ​imposed by the ​government on the ​movement of large sums of ​money out of the country.a small/modest/substantial sum A ​substantial sum has been set aside for ​litigationrelating to the ​constructionproject.an additional/cash/final sum The ​final sum an ​investor receives from a ​pension is ​dependent on the ​rate of ​investmentgrowth. vast/huge/considerable sumsa sum of $8/£2,000/€1.2m, etc. Legislation ​approved yesterday will ​raise a much-needed sum of £300,000 for use on the roads.pay (out)/spend/invest a sum Deposits are non-recoverable ​cash sums ​paid just to ​reserve a ​property, with a further sum ​payable when ​contracts are ​exchanged.earn/receive/owe a sum Victims of an explosion at a ​chemicalworks are set to receive large sums in ​compensation.borrow/lend a sum First-time ​buyers are having to ​borrow huge sums to ​buy a ​home.
[S] (also sum total) the ​number or ​amount that is the ​result of ​adding together two or more ​numbers or ​amounts: sum of sth In 2006, the sum of all ​income for ​residents of Colorado ​rose by 6.5%.
[C] UK a ​calculation that involves ​adding, ​subtracting, ​multiplying, or ​dividingnumbers: You need to do your sums before deciding whether you would ​benefit more from a fixed-rate or a ​trackermortgage. Amid the ​pressure to get their sums ​right, many ​funds have ​closed to new ​business.
[S] (also sum total) the whole of something after all the different ​features or ​parts of it are considered: the sum of sth We believe that the sum of our ​businessprinciplesmaximizes our chances of ​success.
more/greater than the sum of its parts more powerful, ​effective, etc. as a whole than you would ​think if you considered the different ​features or ​parts that it consists of: The ​claimedlogic of this latest ​merger is that the whole will be more than the sum of the ​parts.
in sum used at the end of a ​report or discussion before giving a ​short description of the ​mainideas or facts: We're looking, in sum, for a ​majorplayer who believes in ​newspapers as a serious ​business.
a princely/tidy sum a large ​amount of ​money: She ​sold her story to the tabloids for a princely sum. We have made a tidy sum on our ​investments.
the princely sum of sth used in a humorous way to refer to an unexpectedly ​smallamount of ​money: The ​book was first ​published in the UK in 1972 for the princely sum of 40p.
(Definition of sum from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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