Meaning of “summary” in the English Dictionary

"summary" in British English

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summarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsʌm.ər.i/ us /ˈsʌm.ɚ.i/ formal summation

B2 a short, clear description that gives the main facts or ideas about something:

At the end of the news, they often give you a summary of the main stories.
In summary, they decided against the proposal.

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summaryadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈsʌm.ər.i/ us /ˈsʌm.ɚ.i/

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

"summary" in American English

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summarynoun [ C ]

us /ˈsʌm·ə·ri/

a brief, clear statement giving the most important facts about something:

The assignment was to write a summary of the news.
in summary

In summary is said before giving a final, brief statement:

In summary, Chen’s book is a good introduction to the subject.

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

"summary" in Business English

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summarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsʌməri/ us plural summaries

a short statement of the main ideas or facts in a report, discussion, etc.:

a summary of sth The article offers a summary of best practices.
Many of these problems could have been avoided according to a summary of the study released yesterday.
a brief/short/written summary
provide/produce/publish a summary Table 12.4 provides a summary of how management perspectives have changed over the last 50 years.

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

in summary

an expression used at the end of a report or discussion before stating its main ideas or facts:

In summary, we must aim to maintain a stable supply of crude oil while protecting the environment.

summaryadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈsʌməri/ us

giving the main ideas or facts of a discussion, report, etc., but not the details:

summary information/reports/observations

LAW done suddenly, without discussion or the usual or accepted processes:

summary arrest/execution/proceedings

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

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