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 byup): 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
Our bigger business and value add is to bring clinicians in from outside the region, maybe across state lines.A depleted workforce and no end in sight: An inside look at America’s ailing health care industry | Erika Fry | December 8, 2020 | Fortune
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
He added: “People say he deserves his day in court… Do we have enough time?”Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ | Lloyd Grove | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The FBI has also been searching its records for any information that could assist the French investigation, a spokesperson added.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre | Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Lockheed Martin has a long history of misrepresenting facts,” Wheeler added.
A few small rocks of some soft stone may be added, and in between these the Ferns are planted.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
In 1763 the chapel was enlarged, and at the same time a little more land was added to the graveyard.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The America that they annexed to Europe was merely a new domain added to a world already old.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Ten or twelve added years had slipped by, and it did not seem human that she should continue to feel bitterly toward me.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
And now there was added to this devotion an element of indefinable anxiety which made its vigilance unceasing.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
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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