Nearby words

  1. adat,
  2. adaxial,
  3. adazzle,
  4. adc,
  5. adcock antenna,
  6. add fuel to the fire,
  7. add insult to injury,
  8. add up,
  9. add up to,
  10. add-in

Idioms

    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)

Related forms
Can be confusedad add oddaddable edibleadds ads adz

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British Dictionary definitions for add up to

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

ADD

abbreviation for

attention deficit disorder
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Word Origin and History for add up to

add

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for add up to

ADD

abbr.

attention deficit disorder

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Science definitions for add up to

ADD

Abbreviation of attention deficit disorder
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Idioms and Phrases with add up to

add up to

Amount to, signify, as in The smooth airline connections, luxury hotel, and fine weather added up to the best vacation we'd ever had. [Early 1900s] Also see add up.

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