Idioms for add

    add up,
    1. to make the desired, expected, or correct total: These figures don't add up right.
    2. to seem reasonable or consistent; be in harmony or accord: Some aspects of the story didn't add up.

Origin of add

1325–75; Middle English adden < Latin addere, equivalent to ad- ad- + -dere to put (combining form; see do1)

OTHER WORDS FROM add

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH add

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British Dictionary definitions for add up (1 of 3)

add up

verb (adverb)

to find the sum (of)
(intr) to result in a correct total
(intr) informal to make sense
(intr foll by to) to amount to

British Dictionary definitions for add up (2 of 3)

add
/ (æd) /

verb

noun

informal an instance of adding someone to one's list of contacts on a social networking site, esp MySpaceThanks for the add!
See also add up

Word Origin for add

C14: from Latin addere, literally: to put to, from ad- to + -dere to put

British Dictionary definitions for add up (3 of 3)

ADD

abbreviation for

attention deficit disorder
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Medicine definitions for add up

ADD

abbr.

attention deficit disorder
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Science definitions for add up

ADD

Abbreviation of attention deficit disorder
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Idioms and Phrases with add up

add up

1

Amount to an expected or correct total, as in These figures don't add up, meaning they are not correct. [Mid-1800s]

2

Be consistent, make sense, as in I'm not sure that all this testimony will add up. [First half of 1900s]

3

Assess, form an opinion of, as in He looked across the track and added up the competition. Also see add up to.

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