summarize

To summarize something, only include the important stuff. If your teacher asks you to summarize several events from the Civil War, she wants the important facts, not every single detail you can find.

When you summarize something, you write or tell the general idea and only the most important points. It's a skill we often use in school or at work, but even in our personal lives, we summarize: like when a friend asks what the book you're reading is about, or someone wants to know about your recent vacation. You don't tell them every single detail, talking yourself to exhaustion. Instead, you summarize — describing just the key events that "sum up" the experience.

Definitions of summarize
  1. verb
    give a summary (of)
    “I will now summarize
    synonyms: resume, sum up, summarise
    sum, sum up, summarise
    be a summary of
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    abstract
    give an abstract (of)
    precis
    make a summary (of)
    docket
    make a summary or abstract of a legal document and inscribe it in a list
    recap, recapitulate
    summarize briefly
    hash over, rehash, retrograde
    go back over
    type of:
    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
    to say, state, or perform again
  2. verb
    be a summary of
    “The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper”
    synonyms: sum, sum up, summarise
    resume, sum up, summarise
    give a summary (of)
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    type of:
    say, state, tell
    express in words
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