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

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

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

PREP
~ of The sum of two and five is seven