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Definition 1: the whole amount - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

"how big is that part compared to the whole?" "the team is a unit"

Definition 2: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where sum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of sum ) (plural) the most basic facts or elements

"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

(... is a kind of sum ) (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality

(... is a kind of sum ) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

(... is a kind of sum ) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

(... is a kind of sum ) a critically important or characteristic component

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

Definition 3: a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

(... is a kind of sum ) the sum of the sums of several groups of numbers

(... is a kind of sum ) the sum of part of a group of numbers

Definition 4: the final aggregate - [noun denoting group]

Samples where sum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

(... is a kind of sum ) a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together

Definition 5: a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets - [noun denoting group]

Samples where sum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let C be the union of the sets A and B

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

"a set of books" "a set of golf clubs" "a set of teeth"

(... is a kind of sum ) a union of two disjoint sets in which every element is the sum of an element from each of the disjoint sets

Definition 6: a quantity of money - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where sum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he borrowed a large sum
  • the amount he had in cash was insufficient

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

(... is a kind of sum ) a sum of money offered as a prize

"the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"

(... is a kind of sum ) an insignificant sum of money; a trifling amount

"her salary is peanuts compared to his"

(... is a kind of sum ) the total amount of money paid in wages

"the company had a large payroll"

(... is a kind of sum ) an amount paid before it is earned

(... is a kind of sum ) the total amount and type of insurance carried

(... is a kind of sum ) an amount of money expressed numerically

"a figure of $17 was suggested"

(... is a kind of sum ) the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

(... is a kind of sum ) the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

"the company operated at a loss last year" "the company operated in the red last year"

(... is a kind of sum ) the sum of money that is misappropriated

(... is a kind of sum ) (taxes) an amount that can be deducted (especially for the purposes of calculating income tax)

(... is a kind of sum ) an amount of money contributed

"he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest"

(... is a kind of sum ) the amount that the insurance company will pay on a given life insurance policy if the policy is cancelled prior to the death of the insured

(... is a kind of sum ) the entire amount of income before any deductions are made

(... is a kind of sum ) a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse

"he made the contribution out of his own purse" "he and his wife shared a common purse"

Definition 7: determine the sum of - [verb of communication]

Samples where sum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) determine the number or amount of

"Can you count the books on your shelf?" "Count your change"

(sum has a similar meaning as ...) make an addition by combining numbers

"Add 27 and 49, please!"

Definition 8: be a summary of - [verb of stative]

Samples where sum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper

Synonyms for sum in the sense of this definition

(sum is a kind of ...) express in words

"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion" "state your name"

(sum has a similar meaning as ...) give a summary (of)

"he summed up his results" "I will now summarize"

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