Main definitions of add in English

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[with object]
  • 1Join (something) to something else so as to increase the size, number, or amount.

    ‘a new wing was added to the building’
    ‘some box offices now add on a convenience charge’
    • ‘The chorus was tripled in size and extra musicians were added to the orchestra.’
    • ‘Once interest is added to the account, they can lose out big time.’
    • ‘We simply wanted to increase our possibilities by adding an acquisitions component to our organic growth strategy.’
    • ‘A second unit and a folder were added to the press to increase its capacity.’
    • ‘We are committed to increase our membership and add new revenue sources to support the work of the organization.’
    • ‘They claimed the provisions add unnecessary costs and increase the bureaucratic burden on all farmers.’
    • ‘It is bad medicine from the community's point of view, because it adds increasing costs.’
    • ‘The young owners have extended and restored the cottage, adding a conservatory to increase light in the kitchen and a large Velux window in the bathroom - perfect for stargazing’
    • ‘In the United Kingdom, most of the respected broadsheet newspapers have cut costs and increased circulation by adding a tabloid edition.’
    • ‘He has spent the winter in a strength program in an effort to add muscle and increase his endurance.’
    • ‘The pilot project is expected to increase patient access by adding the services of nurses and nurse practitioners to physicians' offices.’
    • ‘Interest is added to the amount invested at maturity and the full investment amount is available for withdrawal.’
    • ‘The idea started small but grew fast, and soon employees were added and budgets increased.’
    • ‘Charles III added to the grounds and doubled the size of the palace by adding an east wing that mirrored the original building.’
    • ‘The resulting calculations are then added to your job points.’
    • ‘In some situations, the broker's fee is added to the actual amount of money that the person wants to borrow.’
    • ‘Ryanair is expanding its fleet, adding base airports and increasing its routes in Europe to take advantage of demand for budget travel.’
    • ‘New items are added to the basket to represent increasing areas of spending while other items are deleted as spending on them falls.’
    • ‘After Horsley fell, Styris joined Evans and they added the remaining 65 runs to ensure the win.’
    attach, build on, add on, put on, put in, append, adjoin, join, affix, connect, annex
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  • 2Put in (an additional element, ingredient, etc.)

    ‘chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria’
    • ‘Petroleum microcrystallines are added to harden it, increase burn time and capacity.’
    • ‘As people grow older their appreciation of food and drink may fade, and many couples find that the older partner adds salt and sugar to almost every meal ‘to give it some flavour’.’
    • ‘Studies have shown that adding large amounts of copper sulfate to a water feature through time eventually will kill it, making it sterile and unable to support life.’
    • ‘A small amount of sugar is added to the bottle before sealing it airtight.’
    • ‘When an ethyl group is added to a compound the process is called ethylation.’
    • ‘Unlike bronze, additional material cannot be added to acrylic after it is cast.’
    • ‘During the experiments, additional salts were added as indicated.’
    • ‘Greater contrast may be obtained by adding small amounts of a 5% solution of potassium bichromate.’
    • ‘Home-baking was banned years ago after warders found cannabis was being added to the cake ingredients.’
    • ‘If the soil tests indicate a need for magnesium to boost the soil ratio, add the amount indicated on the soil test report.’
    • ‘Mildew can be eliminated by simply adding a small amount of household bleach to the cleaning solution.’
    • ‘By adding large amounts of oxygen to the manure, naturally occurring bacteria will begin to break down the waste and reduce its odor in one to six months.’
    • ‘The Lootens formula keeps sulfite content low, uses very little bromide, and adds small amounts of citric acid and potassium thiocyanate.’
    • ‘Small amounts of copper are added to increase hardness for some applications.’
    • ‘Try to get organic beans, as other ones tend to have sugar and salt added to them.’
    • ‘The powder is usually mixed with water or juice but can be added to food if desired.’
    • ‘If more oxygen gas is added to the system, the concentration of oxygen will increase.’
    • ‘Peat moss was added during planting to increase the ability of the soil to hold water.’
    • ‘Extenders are substances added to an adhesive to reduce the amount of resin required.’
    • ‘In 1904, he created Ovomaltine by adding ingredients like sugar, whey, and beet extract to his father's creation.’
    1. 2.1 Contribute (an enhancing quality) to something.
      ‘the suite will add a touch of class to your bedroom’
      • ‘The decision to pay match fees to professionals has prompted him to give it another go, adding some much needed quality and experience to the side.’
      • ‘He added quality to the side, not to mention physical endeavour.’
      • ‘The texture and slight unevenness of the paint adds a remarkable three-dimensional quality to these wallpapers.’
      • ‘Some relics have certain historical significance that adds much to their value - such as a long-buried Colt from the Little Big Horn.’
      • ‘In return, the manufacturers said the original designs add a unique quality to their products.’
      • ‘Ben yet again found a brilliant balance between instrument and voice, adding a truly professional contribution to the show.’
      • ‘They'll be aided by a few famous faces, adding their own unique contribution to the portrait.’
      • ‘We use, for instance, traditional Vietnamese instruments that we have sampled, and I think it really adds an nice and interesting dimension to the sound.’
      • ‘But it's never intrusive, and it adds a nice trippy quality to the film.’
      • ‘This adds a huge amount of value to your site from a visitor's point of view - they don't need to leave your site to get the latest news on a given topic.’
      • ‘The whole process is invisible to most of us, but it adds a significant amount of value to the final product.’
      • ‘The artist often begins with a painting and ends with a poem that enhances or adds a further dimension - such as sound or fragrance - to the painting.’
      • ‘This time, it will be co-ed, adding an interesting dynamic to the experience.’
      • ‘All the business outlets in the town have contributed to the lighting fund and the venture adds a huge festive atmosphere to the town.’
      • ‘City are desperate to add quality to a team which is not scoring enough.’
      • ‘And each has been a solid contributor, adding much-needed depth.’
      • ‘He will entertain spectators and add a bit more quality to our batting.’
      • ‘His rendition of Some Enchanted Evening and This Nearly Was Mine added quality to the show.’
      • ‘Composer Keiichi Suzuki's film score adds an entire other dimension to the action.’
      • ‘For more than a hundred years, we have added dimension and depth to the lives of campers and staff.’
      impart, lend, give, confer
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  • 3Put together (two or more numbers or amounts) to calculate their total value.

    ‘they added all the figures up’
    ‘add the two numbers together’
    • ‘Then add these numbers together - and work out their percentage out of the possible maximum of 30.’
    • ‘The sequence was composed of numbers where the following number was found by adding the last two numbers together.’
    • ‘These means were calculated by adding the total patient satisfaction scores of all usual-care and intervention group members and dividing by the sample size.’
    • ‘At the completion of play, each player adds the numbers on his chips and multiplies this total by $10.’
    • ‘If the sum is not a primary number, the figures are added together until the result is a primary number.’
    • ‘I have added up the amounts concerned, and they come to the sum of £2,400.’
    • ‘Thus, the promoters add the capacity numbers together and sell that sum number of tickets.’
    • ‘This calculation is continued for every year until the end of the mortality table, and then all the net present values are added together.’
    • ‘The first general rule allows us to calculate the derivative of two functions which have been added together.’
    • ‘This was computed by adding the numbers against each of the 25 stories.’
    • ‘In order to add these fractions, we need to find the common denominator.’
    • ‘These include counting beanbags to learn how to add whole numbers, and folding paper strips to learn to deal with fractions.’
    • ‘By adding the number of hits produced by these four companies together, it is possible to determine the percentage of the total record market controlled by these companies.’
    • ‘He was motivated to figure out the problems, but he had difficulty adding mixed numbers, for which he often depended on his partner.’
    • ‘Then, as cheques are received, they can deduct these amounts and then add up what is owed to produce a statement at the end of the month.’
    • ‘Andy flattened the bills and added them to the pile before adding up the totals.’
    • ‘These two amounts should be added together plus some cushion for unforeseen contingency.’
    • ‘The third and fourth numbers are found using the Fibonacci rule: add the latest two values to get the next.’
    • ‘To calculate the total score, simply add these numbers together.’
    • ‘Again, calculating and adding all these values will take a considerable amount of time, especially if we expect many future payments.’
    add up, add together, total, count, count up, figure up, compute, calculate, reckon, tally, enumerate, find the sum of
    total, add together, count, count up, figure up, compute, calculate, reckon, tally, enumerate, find the sum of
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  • 4reporting verb Say as a further remark.

    with direct speech ‘‘I hope we haven't been too much trouble,’ she added politely’
    with object ‘we would like to add our congratulations’
    • ‘He added that the response to the signature campaign has been overwhelming so far.’
    • ‘But many of his designs probably wouldn't get past the planning stage today, she added.’
    • ‘He added that the responsibility for the next year's budget now rests with the MPs and they are the ones to decide.’
    • ‘He added that the petitions and other responses will be taken into account during the decision - making process.’
    • ‘He added that more new destinations for next summer would be announced soon, but he did not want to tell his rivals which they were.’
    • ‘Such preparation, they add, will be handier than ever in this spring's tight job market.’
    • ‘He added that the response of their neighbours to the event has been everything they could hope for.’
    • ‘He added that the owner of the dog had taken responsibility and would pay compensation.’
    • ‘She added that the booklet would go a long way in answering these questions for parents.’
    • ‘He added that if the response of members was positive, the employers should quickly make the delayed payment.’
    • ‘She added a licence fee increase was an interim measure and would be reviewed in 18 months time.’
    • ‘She added that the actor did not want to make any comment.’
    • ‘He said he could not support a policy that priced people off planes but added that the aviation industry has to meet its green responsibilities.’
    • ‘She stressed that the other EU states took the same stance, and added that she was waiting for a reply from the United States.’
    • ‘‘We also want to see a fairer planning system since at present the majority of planning applications from gypsies and travellers are rejected at the first stage,’ she adds.’
    • ‘‘We are just worrying about Sunday at this stage,’ he adds.’
    • ‘He added that the formal announcement would be made once the company's shareholders had been notified.’
    • ‘He added that the committee would meet shortly and announce a date.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Rotherham Council last night said it had nothing further to add at this stage.’
    • ‘He added that the route maps will be drawn up after responses have been received from members of the public.’
    go on to say, state further, continue, carry on
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Phrasal Verbs

  • add up

    • 1Increase in amount, number, or degree.

      ‘watch those air miles add up!’
      • ‘That's a lot of money spent on gas and whatever amount can be saved definitely adds up over time.’
      • ‘Although the expense is only B700 per dog, this amount, multiplied by 1,000, adds up.’
      • ‘They all add up, and insurers have a sneaky way of increasing renewal premiums each year, banking on your apathy not to move provider.’
      • ‘Migoto watched as the fish added up quickly, and then quickly turned, walking down the bank the opposite way of the men.’
      • ‘Although the money from the Government is not a substantial amount, if everyone chips in the total can add up very nicely.’
      • ‘As I was watching the money add up I realised I was having to invoke some serious self control.’
      • ‘Police now are making this suspect a priority, since the occurrences are increasing and the costs are adding up.’
      • ‘We kept the rifle shooting and the amount of rounds through it started to add up.’
      • ‘Because while all the wicked things he did added up, it still won't equal what I will do.’
      • ‘It takes so long and with so many short stories the cost can add up.’
      • ‘The amount of caffeine in these tea extracts can add up quickly, and is often not listed on the label.’
      • ‘A running toilet can be a simple thing to fix, and water savings add up quickly.’
      • ‘But don't forget interest adds up quickly on unpaid and underpaid amounts.’
      • ‘Simple actions like turning off the light when we leave a room or boiling only the correct amount of water for a cup of tea all add up.’
      • ‘Then there's the work on the sewerage and the water it all adds up.’
      • ‘Companies don't raise their dividends by a huge amount each year, but it adds up over time.’
    • 2usually with negativeSeem reasonable or consistent; make sense.

      ‘many things in her story didn't add up’
      • ‘Once you start to apply this guiding principle, then a lot of Peel's seemingly baffling eclecticism begins to add up and make sense.’
      • ‘I just wanted to say that your web site and explanation of world news makes sense and adds up at the end of the day.’
      • ‘But on further prodding he realises there's more to this than meets the eye, as their story doesn't quite add up.’
      • ‘Nothing adds up or makes sense and the plot descends into complete mayhem and rage.’
      • ‘We simply do not believe the story, because the story does not add up.’
      • ‘But Garner's story doesn't entirely add up on the page, and it doesn't on stage either.’
      • ‘Nothing adds up, nothing makes sense but anyone with any love for the genre will be astounded by its inexplicable energy and consistency (if they don't dismiss it after the first listen).’
      • ‘But this story did not add up and the friend became the chief suspect.’
      • ‘Neither the president's math nor his moral reasoning adds up.’
      • ‘So, like I said, something does not add up about the nandrolone story.’
      make sense, seem reasonable, seem plausible, stand to reason, stand up, hold up, hold water, bear examination, bear investigation, be verifiable, ring true, be convincing
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  • add up to

    • Amount to.

      ‘this adds up to a total of 400 calories’
      figurative ‘these isolated incidents don't add up to a true picture of the situation’
      • ‘On average, each was off sick for 7.69 days, adding up to 2,330 working days lost.’
      • ‘It was a classic case of the whole adding up to substantially more than the sum of the parts.’
      • ‘Within half-an-hour, I had worked out that 21 was the magic number and if my cards added up to more than that, I would be bust.’
      • ‘Each item has a value of one to five points, the total adding up to 100.’
      • ‘If this project is carried out on a large scale, it will add up to a massive amount of human alteration of the course of nature.’
      • ‘These repeated checks added up to considerable amounts of time and fragmented work, particularly as nurses had to log on to the computer each time.’
      • ‘All this adds up to more and more vehicular movements in the town centre.’
      • ‘The poorest will be exempt from the first £1,200 and get a grant of £1,500 and a bursary of £300 - adding up to £3,000.’
      • ‘Many companies offer generous benefits to your spouse, too which can all add up to a substantial amount of cover.’
      • ‘And it all adds up to 150,000 more local nurses, local teachers or local police officers.’
      • ‘It's one flowing mood from start to finish, with the whole adding up to rather more than the sum of its parts.’
      • ‘The two cups were added to the previous cups that he had drunk and added up to a substantial amount of alcohol in his system.’
      • ‘White-collar workers received two to six weeks' extra vacation, adding up to as much as nine or 10 weeks a year.’
      • ‘Someone has a heart attack every two minutes adding up to 275,000 people each year.’
      • ‘This modest little announcement promises to add up to more than the sum of its parts.’
      • ‘All funds envisaged in this category, adding up to about 10 million euro, had been used, he said.’
      • ‘It adds up to more than 40 extra drinking hours on Saturday nights alone.’
      • ‘Fines adding up to more than £1.2 million are owed to the authorities in York and North Yorkshire, despite one of the best payment rates in the country of 90 per cent.’
      • ‘This would be on top of small measures together adding up to £1bn-2bn rolled out in Wednesday's Budget.’
      • ‘Journeys adding up to 5000 km by a team of four people have led to the publication of a guidebook to bed and breakfasts and guesthouses in Bulgaria.’
      amount to, come to, run to, number, make, total, equal, be equal to, be equivalent to, count as
      amount to, constitute, comprise, equal, be equivalent to, approximate to
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Late Middle English: from Latin addere, from ad- ‘to’ + the base of dare ‘put’.




Main definitions of add in English

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  • 1Analogue digital digital, indicating that a music recording was made in analogue format before being mastered and stored digitally.

  • 2Attention deficit disorder.