**sum ***noun *

^{ 1 } ` amount of money `

__ ADJ. __** considerable, generous, good, handsome, hefty, high, large, not inconsiderable, princely ***(ironic)*, **significant, substantial, tidy ***(informal) It seemed an absurdly high sum to pay for a coat. For his first book he received the princely sum of $400. The team has raised substantial sums for local charities. ***| astronomical, colossal, enormous, exorbitant, huge, magnificent, massive, record, staggering, vast **£*200 was an astronomical sum of money in 1547. He joined the club two years ago for a record sum. ***| five-figure, six-figure, etc. | small, modest, nominal, reasonable, token, trifling ***The charity pays a nominal sum to lease the premises. ***| derisory, paltry | average | net | round ***$10,000 is a good round sum. ***| full, overall, total | agreed, fixed | undisclosed, unspecified | annual, monthly, etc. | regular | guaranteed | capital, cash, lump ***My wife would receive a guaranteed lump sum in the event of my death. ***| tax-free **

__ VERB + SUM __** borrow, earn, fetch, raise, recover ***Some of the paintings should fetch a tidy sum at today's auction. You will have to go to court to recover these sums. ***| get, receive | award sb, contribute, give sb, grant sb, lend sb, offer sb, pay (sb), repay ***The judge awarded them an undisclosed six-figure sum in damages. ***| invest, spend | cost ***a project that cost vast sums of public money ***| charge (sb), fine sb | agree (on) ***We eventually agreed a sum and I gave him a cheque. *

__ SUM + VERB __** be due, be payable ***The landlord has the right to recover any sums payable under this lease ***| be equal/equivalent to sth ***The gangsters offered him a sum equivalent to a whole year's earnings. ***| exceed sth **

__ PHRASES __** a sum of money **

^{ 2 } ` calculation `

__ ADJ. __** difficult, easy **

__ VERB + SUM __** do, find the answer to ***I did a quick sum to work out how much it would cost. *

__ PHRASES __** get your sums right/wrong ***The company got its sums wrong when estimating how many customers it would attract. *

^{ 3 } ` amount got by adding numbers `

__ VERB + SUM __** calculate, find, work out ***Calculate the sum of the following figures. *

__ PREP. __** ~ of ***The sum of two and five is seven. *