add up

add

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verb (used with object)
1.
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.
2.
to find the sum of (often followed by up ): Add this column of figures. Add up the grocery bills.
3.
to say or write further.
4.
to include (usually followed by in ): Don't forget to add in the tip.
verb (used without object)
5.
to perform the arithmetic operation of addition: children learning to add and subtract.
6.
to be or serve as an addition (usually followed by to ): His illness added to the family's troubles.
noun
7.
Journalism. copy added to a completed story.
Verb phrases
8.
add up to, to signify; indicate: The evidence adds up to a case of murder.
Idioms
9.
add up,
a.
to make the desired, expected, or correct total: These figures don't add up right.
b.
to seem reasonable or consistent; be in harmony or accord: Some aspects of the story didn't add up.

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

addable, addible, adjective
addedly, adverb
misadd, verb
readd, verb (used with object)
unaddable, adjective
unadded, adjective
unaddible, adjective

1. ad, add, odd ; 2. addable, edible ; 3. adds, ads, adz.


1. affix, append, attach, adjoin. 2. total, sum.
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add (æd)
 
vb (foll by to) (often foll by to) (foll by to) (foll by in)
1.  to combine (two or more numbers or quantities) by addition
2.  to increase (a number or quantity) by another number or quantity using addition
3.  to join (something) to something else in order to increase the size, quantity, effect, or scope; unite (with): to add insult to injury
4.  to have an extra and increased effect (on): her illness added to his worries
5.  (tr) to say or write further
6.  to include
 
n
7.  informal an instance of adding someone to one's list of contacts on a social networking site, esp MySpace: Thanks for the add!
 
[C14: from Latin addere, literally: to put to, from ad- to + -dere to put]

ADD
 
abbreviation for
attention deficit disorder

add up
 
vb (foll by to)
1.  to find the sum (of)
2.  (intr) to result in a correct total
3.  informal (intr) to make sense
4.  to amount to

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add
late 14c., from L. addere "add to, join" from ad- "to" + -dere comb. form meaning "to put, place," from dare "to give" (see date (1)). To add up "make sense" is from 1942. Add-on "additional component" is from 1941.
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Medical Dictionary

ADD abbr.
attention deficit disorder

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Science Dictionary
ADD  
Abbreviation of attention deficit disorder
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
ADD
  1. Administration on Developmental Disabilities

  2. attention deficit disorder

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Idioms & Phrases

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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