Definition of Summary:

  1. A brief statement or account of the main points of something.

  2. An overview of content that provides a reader with the overarching theme, but does not expand on specific details. A summary describes a larger work (such as an entire book, speech, or research project), and should include noticeably less content then the original work. Summaries can save a reader time because it prevents the reader from having to actually go through and filter the important information from the unimportant. Ben was able to review the well-written summary provided by his peer, instead of re-reading the entire textbook, and as a result he still received an A on his mid-term..

  3. Dispensing with needless details or formalities; brief.

  4. (of a judicial process) conducted without the customary legal formalities.

Synonyms of Summary

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How to use Summary in a sentence?

  1. Summary arrest.
  2. Summary financial statements.
  3. A summary of Chapter Three.
  4. As he was running late for another meeting Jimmy did not have the time to examine the document page by page, opting instead to just read the summary .
  5. When you arent certain if you are interested in reading a book, it can be helpful to read the summary provided on the back cover.
  6. I read a very long and interesting book but my husband had no time to read the book himself so I gave him a quick verbal summary of the what the story was about.

Meaning of Summary & Summary Definition