Definition of addition in English:

addition

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or process of adding something to something else.

    ‘the hotel has been extended with the addition of more rooms’
    • ‘The sweltering conditions will run into the middle of next week with the addition of the odd thunderstorm.’
    • ‘Make old timber look new with the addition of vinegar and blasting it with a blowtorch.’
    • ‘With the addition of a few commas and the striking out of the one paragraph, the deal already on the table will finally go through.’
    • ‘It was tender, juicy and tasty, especially with the addition of the salty pork wrapping.’
    • ‘The colour range favours warm and tropical colours, with the addition of blue and sea green.’
    • ‘The town of Belmullet looks splendid and bright with the addition of new lights.’
    • ‘You can make them more formal with the addition of a diamanté brooch to use as a clasp on the front or the back.’
    • ‘A wakeboard is similar in shape to a snowboard, with the addition of two small fins on the underside.’
    • ‘A community transport scheme has been given a major boost with the addition of an extra vehicle.’
    • ‘Division two saw the usual suspects duelling it out with the addition of some new faces.’
    • ‘This is not the case these days; with the addition of violence, things have turned a bit uglier.’
    • ‘Bolton's nightlife is due to expand again with the addition of another trendy wine bar.’
    • ‘It can work on hair that is fine or thin with the addition of hair pieces or extensions.’
    • ‘In the kitchen, a truly rural feel is added to the kitchen with the addition of a solid-fuel Aga.’
    • ‘The garden will continue to be developed in the future with the addition of an aromatic walkway planned for next year.’
    • ‘This classic snack can be varied with the addition of thinly sliced smoked chicken or turkey and avocado.’
    • ‘The camera obscura box reproduced these conditions and clarified the images with the addition of a lens.’
    • ‘Turkey and the trimmings can be improved dramatically with the addition of a well chosen wine accompaniment.’
    • ‘At a later stage they were subsequently sold as Van Goghs, occasionally with the addition of a false signature.’
    • ‘The new year has brought some dramatic changes at the loch with the addition of three new fisheries.’
    inclusion, adding, adding in, incorporation, introduction, insertion
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    1. 1.1count noun A person or thing added or joined.
      ‘you will find the coat a useful addition to your wardrobe’
      • ‘A stationary shop in George Street has been branching out with some unusual additions to its stock.’
      • ‘Students will not have to pay for these additions until we begin to use the facilities.’
      • ‘While both look to be excellent additions, it remains to be seen whether or not this season will be as memorable as the last.’
      • ‘They too have a number of big additions to their side from last year in attack.’
      • ‘But they have spent wisely and have made a lot of good additions to their squad.’
      • ‘The new design was intended to create more internal space, which meant stripping away the additions at the back.’
      • ‘There seemed to be more extended scenes rather than whole new scenes but there were one or two excellent new additions.’
      • ‘There are lots of new additions showcased and you're sure to find something interesting.’
      • ‘The new additions to the gameplay and this new story keep me up till way past my bedtime.’
      • ‘With many riders returning, there are also many new promising additions to the club.’
      • ‘This is the same encyclopedia, with multimedia additions, that used to take up a huge bookshelf.’
      • ‘A survival course is one of the latest additions to the club's list of extreme sports.’
      • ‘The intention is to add more tours to the database each year so that visitors will be able to return and catch up on the latest additions.’
      • ‘Other new additions include a search facility from Google and an expanded links section.’
      • ‘See all the new additions to the city skyline in our picture gallery.’
      • ‘We'll be watching forthcoming additions to Guardian Unlimited with interest.’
      • ‘Apart from taking up the renovation works, a few additions have been made in the premises.’
      • ‘Even beetroot and spinach can be rendered palatable with a little juicing and some judicious additions.’
      • ‘There will also be several additions to teaching programs in the faculty of education.’
      • ‘But opposition councillors found a number of unexplained additions in the report.’
      supplement, appendage, adjunct, addendum, add-on, extra, accompaniment, extension, rider
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  • 2The process of calculating the total of two or more numbers or amounts.

    ‘she began with simple arithmetic, addition and then subtraction’
    • ‘That is addition, multiplication and the two inverse operations of subtraction and division.’
    • ‘Our old maths teacher was teaching addition to the kids and she asked us to look on as she went along with her class.’
    • ‘Basically they had to devise methods of multiplication and division which only involved addition.’
    • ‘That's likely a trace to the way many of us learned to count and do basic addition.’
    • ‘She showed that babies can even do addition and subtraction, of a rudimentary sort.’
    • ‘The addition of three points to his team's total is a minor calculation.’
    • ‘They are great at the game of subtraction, when the game of parliamentary politics is addition.’
    • ‘Such a machine would be able to carry out complex operations using only the mechanism for addition.’
    • ‘The Count Hoot section of the site helps with addition and subtraction as well.’
    • ‘Yet addition and also subtraction are only an extension of counting.’
    • ‘To see the sort of difficulty that can arise, let us consider addition first.’
    • ‘As one might expect, multiplication of infinite decimals is more complicated than addition.’
    • ‘The only way is up - addition works in three dimensions but what about multiplication?’
    • ‘In this addition sum each letter represents a digit, different letters being different digits.’
    • ‘If the slip is accompanied by a number of items, the payee's addition of the sums is verified.’
    adding up, counting, totalling, computation, calculation, reckoning, tallying, summation
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    1. 2.1Mathematics The process of combining matrices, vectors, or other quantities under specific rules to obtain their sum or resultant.
      with modifier ‘the concepts of vectors and vector addition’
      • ‘We were reviewing vector addition this evening at a study session.’
      • ‘This suggests that Component 3 is not a vector addition but could be a single component.’
      • ‘If you want to know the total force which is exerted on the body, you have to carry out a vector addition.’
      • ‘We have now defined two operations for matrices, addition and multiplication.’
      • ‘Superimposing the two logical operations we can define binary addition.’

Phrases

  • in addition

    • As an extra person or thing.

      ‘members of the board were paid a small allowance in addition to their normal salary’
      • ‘This is in addition to the usual information, such as the location of property lines and buildings.’
      • ‘All sorts of unusual kites were flown, and in addition there were a number of stalls and workshops.’
      • ‘This is in addition to three reminder letters asking for the information I had already sent.’
      • ‘This is in addition to the animals legitimately left at the shelter by their owners.’
      • ‘That in addition to monthly remuneration at the same rate he was paid while head of state.’
      • ‘How many things are you doing right now in addition to reading this column?’
      • ‘He received a two-year sentence which he will serve in addition to his current jail term.’
      • ‘Madrid and Moscow are also vying for the Games, in addition to New York and Paris.’
      • ‘Chemists made up their own remedies in addition to selling the many patent medicines available.’
      • ‘There were also specially commissioned works of art in addition to many food stalls and a funfair.’
      • ‘There was fun and games and treats and these were in addition to a much enjoyed bouncy castle.’
      • ‘Those explosions are in addition to a number of bomb threats in the city each week.’
      • ‘The Treasury has given several hundred million pounds in addition to what we are already putting in.’
      • ‘That is in addition to paying the wages of the huge number of rural administrators.’
      • ‘So I resat five modules in January, in addition to three Maths modules that were not resits.’
      • ‘It is one of the few of its kind in the country and, in addition to Bolton, it will also serve surrounding towns.’
      • ‘Some employers also offer extra time off and more money for fathers in addition to SPP.’
      • ‘The schemes which you mention in your letter are in addition to this figure.’
      • ‘I have a few things to do today, in addition to trying to catch up on some more sleep.’
      • ‘This tax is in addition to the ordinary stamp duty payable by the buyer of property.’
      additionally, as well, what's more, besides, furthermore, moreover, also, into the bargain, to boot
      besides, as well as, on top of, along with, plus, over and above
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin additio(n-), from the verb addere (see add).

Pronunciation

addition

/əˈdɪʃ(ə)n/