Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A concise summary of a book, article, or other text; an abstract.
  • transitive verb To make a précis of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A concise statement; a summary; an abstract.
  • noun The act or process of drawing up a précis or abstract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A concise or abridged statement or view; an abstract; a summary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A concise or abridged statement or view.
  • verb to write a précis of a work; to summarise, abridge

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make a summary (of)
  • noun a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French precis, condensed; see precise.]

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From French précis ("precise"), substantive use of the adjective.

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