Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: verb, noun

Definitions: (verb) If you sum up, you conclude or bring together the main points. (noun) The sum is the total of adding or subtracting several numbers or amounts. (noun) A sum is an amount of money, usually a large amount.

Examples: (verb) To sum up, the way children are treated has a huge effect on their behaviour as adults. (noun) The total output doesn’t equal the sum of the inputs because the system is not 100% efficient. (noun) The company had been spending large sums on publicity and advertising.

Synonyms: nouns: amount, total. total. verbs: conclude, summarise.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 4 A