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[uh-dish-uh n] /əˈdɪʃ ən/
the act or process of adding or uniting.
the process of uniting two or more numbers into one sum, represented by the symbol +.
the result of adding.
something added.
a wing, room, etc., added to a building, or abutting land added to real estate already owned.
Chemistry. a reaction in which two or more substances combine to form another compound.
in addition to, as well as; besides:
In addition to directing the play, she designed most of the scenery.
Origin of addition
1350-1400; Middle English addicio(u)n < Latin additiōn- (stem of additiō), equivalent to addit(us), past participle of addere to add (ad- ad- + di- put + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preaddition, noun
readdition, noun
Can be confused
addition, edition.
1. joining. 3, 4. increase, enlargement; increment; accession, 4. supplement; appendix. Addition, accessory, adjunct, attachment mean something joined onto or used with something else. Addition is the general word, carrying no implication of size, importance, or kind, but merely that of being joined to something previously existing: an addition to an income, to a building, to one's cares. An accessory is a subordinate addition to a more important thing, for the purpose of aiding, completing, ornamenting, etc.: accessories to a costume. An adjunct is a subordinate addition that aids or assists a main thing or person but is often separate: a second machine as an adjunct to the first. An attachment is an accessory part that may be easily connected and removed: a sewing machine attachment for pleating. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for addition
  • These reductions will be in addition to the loss of tens of thousands of other temporary jobs created to process dud mortgages.
  • In addition, the excess heat from the process can then be used to pre-heat water for conversion to steam for spinning turbines.
  • In addition to welcoming summer, there is a scientific reason for all the excitement surrounding this day.
  • In addition to being used as mixing bowls, the abalone shells served as storage containers.
  • Bright colors and dramatic forms make dahlias an exciting addition to the summer border.
  • If you've got kids who are working on addition skills, they may enjoy this one.
  • In addition to light, the sun radiates heat and a steady stream of charged particles known as the solar wind.
  • But the addition of water still made the mixture firmer.
  • In addition they offer year-round programming for residents, school groups, community groups and tourists.
  • Cut into halves for a beautiful addition to this simple dessert.
British Dictionary definitions for addition


the act, process, or result of adding
a person or thing that is added or acquired
a mathematical operation in which the sum of two numbers or quantities is calculated. Usually indicated by the symbol +
(mainly US & Canadian) a part added to a building or piece of land; annexe
(obsolete) a title following a person's name
(adverb) in addition, also; as well; besides
(preposition) in addition to, besides; as well as
Word Origin
C15: from Latin additiōn-, from addere to add
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Word Origin and History for addition

late 14c., "action of adding numbers;" c.1400, "that which is added," from Old French adition "increase, augmentation" (13c.), from Latin additionem (nominative additio) "an adding to, addition," noun of action from past participle stem of addere (see add). Phrase in addition to "also" is from 1681.

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addition in Science
The act, process, or operation of adding two or more numbers to compute their sum.
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