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.
Idioms about add
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.
- add·a·ble, add·i·ble, adjective
- add·ed·ly, adverb
- mis·add, verb
- re·add, verb (used with object)
- un·add·a·ble, adjective
- un·add·ed, adjective
- un·add·i·ble, adjective
Other definitions for ADD (2 of 2)
attention deficit disorder: the inattentive subtype of ADHD, usually marked by distractibility and difficulties with executive function.
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How to use add in a sentence
Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities.Sia and Shia LaBeouf’s Pedophilia Nontroversy Over ‘Elastic Heart’ | Marlow Stern | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Seeing what they were doing, I was inspired to add my vision to their technique.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Think of it as Game of Thrones—if you subtract the sex and violence and add drunken revelry and singing.
Her new comments will only add to ongoing speculation that the Yorks plan, one day, to remarry.
The economy has begun to add jobs, but the quality of those jobs is an increasing concern.
add to this, if you please, the great difficulty of obtaining from them even the words that they have.
To add point to this success, he knew that the victor of Montebello was straining every nerve to gain this very prize.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It is painful to add, that the latter years of his life were passed in prison, where he was confined for debt.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Must I add, that your good money paid this second loan—and yet a third—a fourth—a fifth?
The Federal Reserve Board reserves the right to add to, alter, or amend these regulations.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for add (1 of 2)
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 MySpace: Thanks for the add!
- See also add up
British Dictionary definitions for ADD (2 of 2)
attention deficit disorder
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Scientific definitions for ADD
Abbreviation of attention deficit disorder
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