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
And, as Gow adds wryly from his own personal experience, “To a huge extent they achieved that aim very well.”
Earl Spencer adds, “Effectively, my great-grandfather sold his children to his father-in-law.”The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain | Tim Teeman | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She adds that they continued to email, but “finally, in so many words, he declined to be interviewed.”The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline | Emily Shire | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She adds that some of the earliest voting booths were stationed inside drinking establishments.
More than bawdy, though, The Ball adds a familiar unpretentiousness to trendy locales like Tao, Lavo, The Park, and Dream Hotel.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots | Emily Shire | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ze under lip rather retires, and this adds to the receding effect of the chin, you see.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It seeks the shortest phrase or sentence and adds successively all the modifiers, making no omissions.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Every gun-shot fired gives me a pain in my heart and adds to the deadly anxiety I feel about our ammunition.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
To suddenly discover oneself proficient where failure had been feared increases self esteem and adds to the sum of happiness.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
But this goldsmith's work, far from impairing the effect of the whole, adds a certain fascination to it.Bastien Lepage | Fr. Crastre
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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