verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with add up
Amount to an expected or correct total, as in These figures don't add up, meaning they are not correct. [Mid-1800s]
Be consistent, make sense, as in I'm not sure that all this testimony will add up. [First half of 1900s]
Assess, form an opinion of, as in He looked across the track and added up the competition. Also see add up to.