Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sum sth/sb up”

sum sth/sb up

phrasal verb with sum
 
 
/sʌm/ verb (present participle summing, past tense and past participle summed)
to quickly decide what you think about something or someone: I think she summed up the situation very quickly.Concluding and deducing
(Definition of sum sth/sb up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sum sth/sb up” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

flair

natural ability to do something well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More