Definition of add in English:



  • 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 handling charge’
    ‘one vitamin tablet daily will give added protection’
    [no object] ‘this development added to the problems facing the staff’
    • ‘Once interest is added to the account, they can lose out big time.’
    • ‘The resulting calculations are then added to your job points.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ryanair is expanding its fleet, adding base airports and increasing its routes in Europe to take advantage of demand for budget travel.’
    • ‘The pilot project is expected to increase patient access by adding the services of nurses and nurse practitioners to physicians' offices.’
    • ‘New items are added to the basket to represent increasing areas of spending while other items are deleted as spending on them falls.’
    • ‘Charles III added to the grounds and doubled the size of the palace by adding an east wing that mirrored the original building.’
    • ‘We simply wanted to increase our possibilities by adding an acquisitions component to our organic growth strategy.’
    • ‘They claimed the provisions add unnecessary costs and increase the bureaucratic burden on all farmers.’
    • ‘After Horsley fell, Styris joined Evans and they added the remaining 65 runs to ensure the win.’
    • ‘The chorus was tripled in size and extra musicians were added to the orchestra.’
    • ‘He has spent the winter in a strength program in an effort to add muscle and increase his endurance.’
    • ‘In the United Kingdom, most of the respected broadsheet newspapers have cut costs and increased circulation by adding a tabloid edition.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘A second unit and a folder were added to the press to increase its capacity.’
    • ‘In some situations, the broker's fee is added to the actual amount of money that the person wants to borrow.’
    • ‘It is bad medicine from the community's point of view, because it adds increasing costs.’
    • ‘We are committed to increase our membership and add new revenue sources to support the work of the organization.’
    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’
    ‘add the flour to the eggs, stirring continuously’
    ‘the fruit juice contains no added sugar’
    • ‘Petroleum microcrystallines are added to harden it, increase burn time and capacity.’
    • ‘Extenders are substances added to an adhesive to reduce the amount of resin required.’
    • ‘The Lootens formula keeps sulfite content low, uses very little bromide, and adds small amounts of citric acid and potassium thiocyanate.’
    • ‘In 1904, he created Ovomaltine by adding ingredients like sugar, whey, and beet extract to his father's creation.’
    • ‘During the experiments, additional salts were added as indicated.’
    • ‘When an ethyl group is added to a compound the process is called ethylation.’
    • ‘If the soil tests indicate a need for magnesium to boost the soil ratio, add the amount indicated on the soil test report.’
    • ‘Home-baking was banned years ago after warders found cannabis was being added to the cake ingredients.’
    • ‘The powder is usually mixed with water or juice but can be added to food if desired.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Peat moss was added during planting to increase the ability of the soil to hold water.’
    • ‘A small amount of sugar is added to the bottle before sealing it airtight.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike bronze, additional material cannot be added to acrylic after it is cast.’
    • ‘Mildew can be eliminated by simply adding a small amount of household bleach to the cleaning solution.’
    • ‘Greater contrast may be obtained by adding small amounts of a 5% solution of potassium bichromate.’
    • ‘If more oxygen gas is added to the system, the concentration of oxygen will increase.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1Contribute (an enhancing quality) to something.
      ‘the canopy will add a touch of class to your bedroom’
      • ‘The whole process is invisible to most of us, but it adds a significant amount of value to the final product.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His rendition of Some Enchanted Evening and This Nearly Was Mine added quality to the show.’
      • ‘In return, the manufacturers said the original designs add a unique quality to their products.’
      • ‘For more than a hundred years, we have added dimension and depth to the lives of campers and staff.’
      • ‘Some relics have certain historical significance that adds much to their value - such as a long-buried Colt from the Little Big Horn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ben yet again found a brilliant balance between instrument and voice, adding a truly professional contribution to the show.’
      • ‘He will entertain spectators and add a bit more quality to our batting.’
      • ‘The texture and slight unevenness of the paint adds a remarkable three-dimensional quality to these wallpapers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And each has been a solid contributor, adding much-needed depth.’
      • ‘They'll be aided by a few famous faces, adding their own unique contribution to the portrait.’
      • ‘Composer Keiichi Suzuki's film score adds an entire other dimension to the action.’
      • ‘He added quality to the side, not to mention physical endeavour.’
  • 3Put together (two or more numbers or amounts) to calculate their total value.

    ‘they added all the figures up’
    ‘add the two numbers together’
    [no object] ‘children learned to add and subtract quickly and accurately’
    • ‘To calculate the total score, simply add these numbers together.’
    • ‘He was motivated to figure out the problems, but he had difficulty adding mixed numbers, for which he often depended on his partner.’
    • ‘At the completion of play, each player adds the numbers on his chips and multiplies this total by $10.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These two amounts should be added together plus some cushion for unforeseen contingency.’
    • ‘Andy flattened the bills and added them to the pile before adding up the totals.’
    • ‘I have added up the amounts concerned, and they come to the sum of £2,400.’
    • ‘The third and fourth numbers are found using the Fibonacci rule: add the latest two values to get the next.’
    • ‘These include counting beanbags to learn how to add whole numbers, and folding paper strips to learn to deal with fractions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, the promoters add the capacity numbers together and sell that sum number of tickets.’
    • ‘Then add these numbers together - and work out their percentage out of the possible maximum of 30.’
    • ‘This calculation is continued for every year until the end of the mortality table, and then all the net present values are added 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.’
    • ‘Again, calculating and adding all these values will take a considerable amount of time, especially if we expect many future payments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the sum is not a primary number, the figures are added together until the result is a primary number.’
    • ‘The sequence was composed of numbers where the following number was found by adding the last two numbers together.’
    • ‘In order to add these fractions, we need to find the common denominator.’
    total, add together, count, count up, figure up, compute, calculate, reckon, tally, enumerate, find the sum of
    tot up
    cast up
    add up, add together, total, count, count up, figure up, compute, calculate, reckon, tally, enumerate, find the sum of
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  • 4[reporting 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’
    [with clause] ‘he added that few of America's allies would support military action’
    • ‘He added that if the response of members was positive, the employers should quickly make the delayed payment.’
    • ‘She stressed that the other EU states took the same stance, and added that she was waiting for a reply from the United States.’
    • ‘She added a licence fee increase was an interim measure and would be reviewed in 18 months time.’
    • ‘He added that the petitions and other responses will be taken into account during the decision - making process.’
    • ‘She added that the booklet would go a long way in answering these questions for parents.’
    • ‘She added that the actor did not want to make any comment.’
    • ‘He added that the formal announcement would be made once the company's shareholders had been notified.’
    • ‘Such preparation, they add, will be handier than ever in this spring's tight job market.’
    • ‘He added that the responsibility for the next year's budget now rests with the MPs and they are the ones to decide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He added that the committee would meet shortly and announce a date.’
    • ‘He added that the response of their neighbours to the event has been everything they could hope for.’
    • ‘But many of his designs probably wouldn't get past the planning stage today, she added.’
    • ‘‘We are just worrying about Sunday at this stage,’ he adds.’
    • ‘He added that the owner of the dog had taken responsibility and would pay compensation.’
    • ‘He added that the route maps will be drawn up after responses have been received from members of the public.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He added that the response to the signature campaign has been overwhelming so far.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Rotherham Council last night said it had nothing further to add at this stage.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    go on to say, state further, continue, carry on
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Late Middle English: from Latin addere, from ad- to + the base of dare put.

Definition of ADD in English:


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

  • 2Attention deficit disorder.