B1 [C] an amount of money: Huge sums of money are spent on national defence. He sold the house for a tidy (= large) sum.humorous I worked for three whole weeks for which I received the princely (= very low) sum of $100.

More examples

- We were awarded a derisory sum.
- Having sold the house she had a large sum of money at her disposal .
- She left a large sum of money in her will to found a wildlife sanctuary.
- Her divorce settlement included a lump sum of $2 million.
- She was paid the mind-boggling sum of ten million pounds for that film.

› [S] the whole number 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!

› [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)

(Definition of sum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

› [C] MONEY, FINANCE an amount of money: Share price slid by 1p to 142p fuelled by concerns that the company might offer too generous a sum for the proposed venture in India. The sale of Germany's biggest commercial TV operator **for an undisclosed sum** follows 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 litigation relating to the construction project.an additional/cash/final sum The final sum an investor receives from a pension is dependent on the rate of investment growth. **vast/huge/considerable sums**a 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 chemical works 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.

› [C] UK a calculation that involves adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing numbers: You need to **do your sums** before deciding whether you would benefit more from a fixed-rate or a tracker mortgage. Amid the pressure to get their sums right, many funds have closed to new 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.

(Definition of sum from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

in Korean | 액수, 합계… |

in Arabic | مَبْلَغ, حِسْبة… |

in Malaysian | hasil tambah, jumlah, kira-kira… |

in French | somme, somme (d’argent), problème d’arithmétique… |

in Russian | сумма, арифметическая задача, пример… |

in Chinese (Traditional) | 錢數, 金額… |

in Italian | somma, calcolo… |

in Turkish | toplam, tutar, yekûn… |

in Polish | kwota, suma, obliczenie… |

in Spanish | suma, suma (de dinero), problema de aritmética… |

in Vietnamese | tổng số, tổng, số tiền… |

in Portuguese | quantia, quantidade, soma… |

in Thai | จำนวนรวม, จำนวนเงิน, ปัญหาทางคณิตศาสตร์… |

in German | die Summe, das Rechnen… |

in Catalan | suma, operació aritmètica… |

in Japanese | 金額, 合計… |

in Chinese (Simplified) | 钱数, 金额… |

in Indonesian | jumlah, banyaknya uang, penjumlahan… |

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