### sumnoun

us /sʌm/#### sum noun (AMOUNT OF MONEY)

#### sum noun (AMOUNT OF MONEY)

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

#### sum noun (AMOUNT OF MONEY)

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.

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#### sum noun (TOTAL)

› [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!

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Something, anything, nothing, and everything

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#### 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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, operación aritmética, suma (de dinero)… |

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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“sum” in English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments

May 04, 2016

by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might