Meaning of SUM in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ sʌm ]

( sums, summing, summed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A sum of money is an amount of money.

Large sums of money were lost...

Even the relatively modest sum of £50,000 now seems beyond his reach.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


A sum is a simple calculation in arithmetic.

I can’t do my sums.



In mathematics, the sum of two numbers is the number that is obtained when they are added together.

The sum of all the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees.

N-SING : the N of n


The sum of something is all of it.

‘Public opinion’ is only the sum of the views of thousands of people like yourself...

N-SING : the N of n


see also lump sum


If you say that something is more than the sum of its parts or greater than the sum of its parts , you mean that it is better than you would expect from the individual parts, because the way they combine adds a different quality.

As individual members’ solo careers have proved, each band was greater than the sum of its parts.

PHRASE : v-link PHR

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