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# sum in Numbers topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsumsum1 /sʌm/ W2 AWL noun [countable]  1 moneyMONEY an amount of money He owes me a large sum of money.sum of the sum of £4,000large/substantial/considerable etc sum Bill wants to spend a large sum on modernizing the farm.small/modest/trifling etc sum We should be happy to buy it for a modest sum. lump sum, → princely sum at princely(1)4 calculationHM a simple calculation by adding, multiplying, dividing etc, especially one done by children at school5 6 COLLOCATIONSphrasesa sum of moneyWe urge people not to keep large sums of money in their houses.adjectivesa large/considerable/substantial sumHe lost a substantial sum of money on the deal.a huge/enormous/vast sumThe company has invested huge sums in research.a five-figure/six-figure/seven-figure etc sum (=an amount in the ten thousands, hundred thousands etc )The newspaper paid a six-figure sum for the photograph of the princess.a small sumEach year the inhabitants had to pay a small sum for the use of the pasture.a modest sum (=not a very big amount of money)She had paid a modest sum for the paintings.an undisclosed sum (=an amount that is being kept secret)He sold the company for an undisclosed sum.a tidy sum informal (=a large amount of money)I had managed to save a tidy sum.the total sumThe total sum lost is believed to be around £2 million.the princely sum of ... (=a large amount – often used humorously to mean a small amount)They were surviving on the princely sum of £50 a week.For the princely sum of \$8 million you too could live in a mansion like this.
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