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"summarize" in English

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summarizeverb [ I or T ]

UK usually summarise uk /ˈsʌm.ər.aɪz/ us /ˈsʌm.ə.raɪz/

C1 to express the most important facts or ideas about something or someone in a short and clear form:

I'll just summarize the main points of the argument in a few words.
To summarize, we believe the company cannot continue in its present form.

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noun [ U ] UK usually summarisation /ˌsʌm.ər.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ /ˌsʌm.ɚ.əˈzeɪ.ʃən/

automatic text summarization

(Definition of “summarize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"summarize" in American English

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summarizeverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈsʌm·əˌrɑɪz/

to provide a clear statement of the important points:

[ T ] Before each episode, the narrator summarizes earlier events in the story.

(Definition of “summarize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"summarize" in Business English

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summarizeverb [ I or T ]

UK also summarise uk /ˈsʌməraɪz/ us

to state in a few words the main ideas or facts in a report, discussion, etc.:

Results of the analysis are summarized in Table 14.2.
summarize findings/information/developments Chapter 9 summarizes developments in e-commerce over the past five years.

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING to give a list of the different amounts that have been spent and received, for example, on a bank statement:

You will receive quarterly statements of your account summarizing all transactions during the period.

(Definition of “summarize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)