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1‘a large sum of money’
amount, quantity, volume
2‘he handed over a smaller sum to creditors’
amount of money, price, charge, fee, cost, tariff
3‘the sum of two prime numbers’
total, sum total, grand total, tally, aggregate, summation, gross
4‘a belief in making your own way through life seems to be the sum of his wisdom’
entirety, totality, total, whole, aggregate, summation, beginning and end, alpha and omega, be-all and end-all
informal whole shebang, whole caboodle, whole shooting match, lock, stock, and barrel
5‘we did sums at school today’
arithmetical problem, problem, calculation, reckoning, tally, question
arithmetic, mathematics, figures, numbers, computation
British informal maths
North American informal math
‘decentralization, in sum, has profound implications for power relations’
in short, briefly, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in a nutshell, to come to the point, in essence, in outline
‘he was summing up on day two of a historic test case’
summarize the evidence, review the evidence, give a summing-up, summarize the argument
1‘one reviewer summed it up as ‘the most compelling performance recorded in the past few years’’
evaluate, assess, appraise, value, rate, weigh up, gauge, judge, deem, adjudge, estimate, form an opinion of, form an impression of, make one's mind up about, get the measure of, form a judgement of, make something of
2‘in a subsequent article he sums up the reasons for deindustrialization’
summarize, give a summary of, make a summary of, precis, give an abstract of, encapsulate, outline, give an outline of, recap, recapitulate, review, put in a nutshell, condense, abridge, digest, synopsize, compress, give the gist
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