- To summarize is to give a short version of something.
An example of to summarize is to explain what happened in a movie.
intr. & tr.v.sum·ma·rized, sum·ma·riz·ing, sum·ma·riz·es
To make a summary or make a summary of.
(third-person singular simple present summarizes, present participle summarizing, simple past and past participle summarized)