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Definitions of sum

  1. determine the sum of; " Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"
  2. the whole amount
  3. a quantity obtained by addition
  4. a quantity of money; " he borrowed a large sum"; " the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
  5. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; " the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; " the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; " the nub of the story"
  6. a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets; " let C be the union of the sets A and B"
  7. be a summary of; " The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper"
  8. the final aggregate; " the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered"
  9. the basic unit of money in Uzbekistan
  10. The aggregate of two or more numbers, magnitudes, quantities, or particulars; the amount or whole of any number of individuals or particulars added together; as, the sum of 5 and 7 is 12.
  11. A quantity of money or currency; any amount, indefinitely; as, a sum of money; a small sum, or a large sum.
  12. The principal points or thoughts when viewed together; the amount; the substance; compendium; as, this is the sum of all the evidence in the case; this is the sum and substance of his objections.
  13. Height; completion; utmost degree.
  14. A problem to be solved, or an example to be wrought out.
  15. To bring together into one whole; to collect into one amount; to cast up, as a column of figures; to ascertain the totality of; -- usually with up.
  16. To bring or collect into a small compass; to comprise in a few words; to condense; -- usually with up.
  17. To have ( the feathers) full grown; to furnish with complete, or full- grown, plumage.
  18. The whole.
  19. The total of two or more things; a quantity, as of money; the whole; all; utmost degree; highest point; as, the sum of happiness; in arithmetic, a problem.
  20. To add into one amount; condense into few words: usually with up; as, to sum up a case.
  21. Summed.
  22. Summing.
  23. To make a brief restatement of all the facts: usually with up.
  24. Abbreviation of L. suma, take, or sumendus, sumendum, to be taken, a direction in the signature of a prescription.
  25. The amount of two or more things taken together: the whole of anything: a quantity of money: a problem in arithmetic: chief points: substance or result of reasoning: summary: height: completion.
  26. To collect into one amount or whole: to count: to bring into a few words:- pr. p. summing; pa. t and pa. p. summed.
  27. The whole of anything; amount of quantities taken together; quantity of money; problem in arithmetic.
  28. To collect into a total; present in brief, or as a result.
  29. A portion.
  30. Of indeterminate or moderate quantity or amount.
  31. Not definitely known.
  32. Part, but not all.
  33. Certain individuals not designated.
  34. In an approximate degree; about.
  35. Forming adjectives denoting a considerable degree of the quality expressed; as, darksome, quarrelsome.
  36. To recapitulate briefly: with up.
  37. To add into one total.
  38. The result obtained by addition.
  39. Any indefinite amount.
  40. A problem in arithmetic.
  41. The aggregate of two or more numbers, magnitudes, quantities or particulars; arithmetical calculation; a quantity of money or currency; amount; summary; substance; height; completion.
  42. To add into one whole; to bring into a small compass or comprise in a few words.
  43. That which two or more numbers, quantities, or particulars form when added or placed together; the amount or whole of anything; the total; a quantity of money; the substance; an abridgment; height.
  44. To collect or add into one whole, as particulars or several numbers; to bring into a small compass; to compute; to condense.
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Quotes of sum

  1. The whole is more than the sum of its parts. – Aristotle
  2. We are not the sum of our possessions. – George H. W. Bush
  3. Success is the sum of small efforts- repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
  4. Was there ever in anyone's life span a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before? – Joan Didion
  5. They're paying me an outrageous sum of money; $40, 000 a week, which is totally silly. – Cass Elliot
  6. In sum thought and reflection have been rendered thoroughly pointless by the circumstances in which modern men and women live and act. – Jacques Ellul
  7. It is impossible for any number which is a power greater than the second to be written as a sum of two like powers. I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. – Pierre de Fermat
  8. Success is the sum of details. – Harvey S. Firestone
  9. A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else. – John Galsworthy
  10. The sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so. – Harriet Martineau
  11. The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil. – James Monroe
  12. I will say I am the sum of my books. – V. S. Naipaul
  13. A kind of synthesis, but with some elements that perhaps you wouldn't have expected in advance. I always like that when that happens, when something comes that is more than the sum of the parts. – Evan Parker
  14. You're only as good as the sum of your parts, and one person can't be a team. – David Schwimmer
  15. I've said this forever- I've always believed the Today show is more than the sum of its parts. – Jeff Zucker

Usage examples for sum

  1. A round sum of money would not have filled this fieldworker's mind with such content. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. To sum it all up, if he gets a week's start of us, we shall never set eyes on him again." – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  3. The most of them were trying, and the sum was " rolling up," the treasurer said. – A Missionary Twig by Emma L. Burnett
  4. You owe me a small sum but that does not matter in the least. – Seven Icelandic Short Stories by Various
  5. He had even left him a wicked sum in a will made since he came of age. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  6. Twenty- five thousand pounds is a very serious sum of money. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  7. You live, at this moment, at the rate of six times the sum – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  8. 7389. Is that about the ordinary sum you have to get in a fair season? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. I knew that you wanted that sum and I brought it down to dinner with me. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  10. " In other words," remarked Deane, " I am to buy your silence as to these matters upon which you have spoken, for the sum of one hundred thousand pounds?" – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  11. It appears that Herr Schwartzmuller had examined the frescoes no longer than six months before in the interests of a New York gentleman to whom Count Hohendahl had tried to sell them for a lump sum – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. We ain't going to harm you; we wouldn't for no sum of money. – The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester
  13. The sum is something over that. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  14. She can't seem to get used to things again, since Sum died. – Friendship Village by Zona Gale
  15. The gentleman paid three young men who had driven up in it a good sum to get it for himself, he explained, and they are walking down. – The Motor Maid by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  16. Cecile felt that it was a very little sum to take them to France, but there was no help for it. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  17. It was a great sum – Santa Claus's Partner by Thomas Nelson Page
  18. It was an enormous sum for poverty- stricken officers like us- more than two months' pay! – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
  19. Any sum you like. – Frank Merriwell's Races by Burt L. Standish
  20. I believe I ought to have offered a definite sum ' she went on, half to herself. – The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner

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