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    Sum·ma·ry
    /ˈsəmərē/

    noun

    • 1. a brief statement or account of the main points of something: "a summary of Chapter Three"

    adjective

  2. summary: [noun] an abstract, abridgment, or compendium especially of a preceding discourse.

  3. Synonyms for SUMMARY: outline, brief, summa, digest, sum, synopsis, resume, summarization; Antonyms of SUMMARY: expansion, amplification, enlargement, supplement ...

  4. May 27, 2021 · Change the length of the summary depending on how much information you want to include using the “Summary Length” slide bar. Finding the perfect structure for your summary is an important step in accurately conveying the information. Copy, export, or paraphrase the finished summary depending on your use for it.

    • Paige Pfeifer
    • Read or watch the source material. The first step is fairly obvious: Read or watch whatever it is you’re writing a summary about. If you’re doing a book report or similar paper, there’s always a temptation to skip this step and just rely on other people’s summaries.
    • Make a list of the key points. Next comes the outlining phase, where you list out what points to include in your summary. How many items go on your list depends on the length of both the summary and the source material.
    • Write the summary in your own words. Next, write the first draft of your summary following the lists you made in the previous outlining stage. If you’re summarizing a book, film, or other media, it’s best to use chronological order (even if the story is told out of order).
    • Edit and cut what’s unnecessary. Last comes the proofreading phase, where you reread your summary and correct any mistakes or awkward wording. For summary writing, watch out for unnecessary information, too; every word is crucial, so removing unnecessary information gives you more room to elaborate on the main points.
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