One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.

# Synonyms of *sum* in English:

## sum

See definition of sum

### noun

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

**answer**

difference

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**

**Phrases**

‘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