- to unite or join so as to increase the number, quantity, size, or importance: to add two cups of sugar; to add a postscript to her letter; to add insult to injury.
- to find the sum of (often followed by up): Add this column of figures. Add up the grocery bills.
- to say or write further.
- to include (usually followed by in): Don't forget to add in the tip.
- Journalism. copy added to a completed story.
- add up to, to signify; indicate: The evidence adds up to a case of murder.
- add up,
- to make the desired, expected, or correct total: These figures don't add up right.
- to seem reasonable or consistent; be in harmony or accord: Some aspects of the story didn't add up.
Origin of add
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Examples from the Web for adding
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
For example, since 2011 it has been adding 30 per cent more capacity per year on flights to Puerto Rico.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
Adding to the feeling of powerlessness for the woman is that Cosby is a beloved celebrity.Here’s What She’d Tell Bill Cosby Today
December 9, 2014
Short trials produce convictions and sentences, but the time is often run concurrently, not adding any time to the sentence.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Then stir in the graham flour, adding the nuts while kneading.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living.The Devil's Dictionary
Pound the veal also in a mortar, adding butter to it by degrees.
It will be the better for adding a glass of currant wine also.
It will keep the better for adding to it a wine glass of brandy.
- an act or instance of addition
- of, for, or relating to addition
- (in systemic grammar) denoting a bound clause that qualifies the meaning of an antecedent noun rather than of the sentence as a wholeCompare contingency (def. 4)
- to combine (two or more numbers or quantities) by addition
- (tr foll by to) to increase (a number or quantity) by another number or quantity using addition
- (tr often foll by to) to join (something) to something else in order to increase the size, quantity, effect, or scope; unite (with)to add insult to injury
- (intr foll by to) to have an extra and increased effect (on)her illness added to his worries
- (tr) to say or write further
- (tr foll by in) to include
- informal an instance of adding someone to one's list of contacts on a social networking site, esp MySpaceThanks for the add!
- attention deficit disorder
Word Origin and History for adding
late 14c., "to join or unite (something to something else)," from Latin addere "add to, join, attach, place upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + -dere comb. form meaning "to put, place," from dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Meaning "to do sums, do addition" also is from late 14c. Related: Added; adding. To add up "make sense" is from 1942.
- attention deficit disorder
- Abbreviation of attention deficit disorder