Definition of Sum in English :

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Sum meaning in English

Meaning of Sum in English

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1. amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money

a quantity of money

Example Sentences:
'he borrowed a large sum'
'the amount he had in cash was insufficient'

2. amount, sum, total

a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

3. sum, sum total, summation

the final aggregate

Example Sentences:
'the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered'

4. center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Example Sentences:
'the gist of the prosecutor's argument'
'the heart and soul of the Republican Party'
'the nub of the story'

5. aggregate, sum, total, totality

the whole amount

6. join, sum, union

a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets

Example Sentences:
'let C be the union of the sets A and B'


7. sum, sum up, summarise, summarize

be a summary of

Example Sentences:
'The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper'

8. add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up

determine the sum of

Example Sentences:
'Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of sum
the result of the addition of numbers, quantities, objects, etc
the cardinality of the union of disjoint sets whose cardinalities are the given numbers
one or more columns or rows of numbers to be added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided
3. mathematics
the limit of a series of sums of the first n terms of a converging infinite series as n tends to infinity
4. (plural) another name for number work
a quantity, esp of money
he borrows enormous sums
the essence or gist of a matter (esp in the phrases in sum, in sum and substance)
7.  a less common word for summary
8. archaic
the summit or maximum
9. (modifier)
complete or final (esp in the phrase sum total)
verbWord forms: sums, summing or summed
10. (often foll by up)
to add or form a total of (something)
11. (transitive)
to calculate the sum of (the terms in a sequence)
nounWord forms: plural sumy (ˈsʊmɪ )
the standard monetary unit of Uzbekistan, divided into 100 tiyin

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see synonyms of sum
an amount of money
a sum paid in reparation
the whole amount; totality; aggregate
the sum of our experience
the gist or a summary of something said, done, etc.
usually in sum and substance
the result obtained by adding numbers or quantities; total
a series of numbers to be added together, or any problem in arithmetic
the limit of the sum of the first n terms of an infinite series as n grows indefinitely
the set containing every element belonging to one or both of two original sets and no other elements
in Boolean algebra, disjunction (sense 2)
5.  Archaic
the highest degree; height; summit
6. Word forms: plural sum
the basic monetary unit of Uzbekistan
see the table of monetary units in the Reference Supplement
verb transitiveWord forms: summed or ˈsumming
to determine the sum of by adding
to summarize or review briefly; sum up
verb intransitive
to get, or come to, a total

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of sum
1. Mathematics
a. An amount obtained as a result of adding numbers.
b. An arithmetic problem: a child good at sums.
2. The whole amount, quantity, or number; an aggregate: the sum of the team's combined experience.
3. An amount of money: paid an enormous sum.
4. A summary: my view of the world, in sum.
5. The central idea or point; the gist.
tr.v. summed, sum·ming, sums
1. Mathematics To add.
2. To give a summary of; summarize.

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