› [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
.

› [S] (also sum total) the
number
or
amount
that is the
result
of
adding
together two or more
numbers
or
amounts
: sum of sth In 2006, the sum of all
income
for
residents
of
Colorado
rose
by 6.5%.

› [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
.

› [S] (also sum total) the
whole
of something after all the different
features
or
parts
of it are
considered
: the sum of sth We
believe
that the sum of
our
business
principles
maximizes
our
chances
of
success
.

more/greater than the sum of its parts › more
powerful
,
effective
, etc. as a
whole
than you would
think
if you
considered
the different
features
or
parts
that it consists of: The
claimed
logic
of this
latest
merger
is that the
whole
will be more than the sum of the
parts
.

in sum › used at the end of a
report
or
discussion
before giving a
short
description
of the
main
ideas
or
facts
: We're
looking
, in sum, for a
major
player
who
believes
in
newspapers
as a
serious
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
.

the princely sum of sth › used in a
humorous
way to refer to an
unexpectedly
small
amount
of
money
: The
book
was first
published
in the UK in 1972 for the
princely
sum of 40p.

→ See also capital sum, lump sum(Definition of sum noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary
© Cambridge University Press)

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