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sum up (third-person singular simple present sums up, present participle summing up, simple past and past participle summed up)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To produce a total by adding.
    We summed up the donations and found that we had just enough to pay the bills.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To summarize.
    So, to sum up your argument, what you are saying is that it is impossible.
    • 2011 February 12, Nabil Hassan, “Blackburn 0 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC[1]:
      Best came close to getting on the end of Barton's cross but he was inches away from connecting. It was an incident that summed up Newcastle's afternoon.

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