Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To make a synopsis of; summarize.

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  • verb transitive To give a synopsis (summary) of.

Etymologies

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

[Greek sunopsizein, to sum up, from Greek sunopsis, general view; see synopsis.]

Examples

  • Allow me to direct you to the post yesterday where I synopsize myself for your pleasure.

    Odin's Day

  • "The Habit of Art" is so hard to synopsize that I've failed to convey the seriousness of its underlying theme.

    Play Date With Auden and Britten

  • Ok, well, let me see if I can synopsize that whole series comprising three million words. [laughs].

    Matthew Peterson interviews Diana Gabaldon

  • I'll synopsize the basic findings here (along with others from other sources) so that if other societies (or other planets) want to replicate our outstanding results in making the world safe for cancer, they can roll up their sleeves and do just what we've done:

    Alison Rose Levy: Making the World Safe for Cancer

  • "It's hard to synopsize a life or tell someone what they might do next with their skills, but looking at where people worked, who they know, what conferences they attend, can do that well."

    LinkedIn Plots Career Success Paths

  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a Cajun band celebrating its 20th anniversary, was out to synopsize not only its own career, but a history of Cajun music — from very early recordings by the Ardoin family of tunes for fiddle and triangle, to electric swamp-pop.

    Jazzfest: Stevie Wonder, In the Rain - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a Cajun band celebrating its 20th anniversary, was out to synopsize not only its own career, but a history of Cajun music — from very early recordings by the Ardoin family of tunes for fiddle and triangle, to electric swamp-pop.

    Jazzfest: Stevie Wonder, In the Rain - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Since the dawn of the Internet, news organizations have accepted the notion that the only way to survive the onslaught of the Web is to publish everything online, at no cost to readers, and let anyone in the world synopsize it, refer to it, and copy and link to it.

    Exterminate the Parasites

  • They mostly just synopsize stuff from mainstream newspapers and magazines, and provide a link to the original.

    Exterminate the Parasites

  • Ribbons, medals, or pieces of tin or lack thereof synopsize his service in the military or identify his rank.

    Married to the Military

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  • What size is a synop?

    October 3, 2009

  • Short, tall, grande, and venti. ;-)

    October 5, 2009