Main meanings of ADD in English

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Pronunciation /ˌeɪdiːˈdiː/

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mass noun

Main meanings of ADD in English

: add1ADD2ADD3


Pronunciation /ˌeɪdiːˈdiː/

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

Main meanings of add in English

: add1ADD2ADD3


Pronunciation /ad/

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

    ‘I've started a petition so if you would like to add your name, email me’
    • ‘a new wing was added to the building’
    • ‘Interest is added to the amount invested at maturity and the full investment amount is available for withdrawal.’
    • ‘In some situations, the broker's fee is added to the actual amount of money that the person wants to borrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They claimed the provisions add unnecessary costs and increase the bureaucratic burden on all farmers.’
    • ‘A second unit and a folder were added to the press to increase its capacity.’
    • ‘The chorus was tripled in size and extra musicians were added to the orchestra.’
    • ‘The resulting calculations are then added to your job points.’
    • ‘Once interest is added to the account, they can lose out big time.’
    • ‘It is bad medicine from the community's point of view, because it adds increasing costs.’
    • ‘We simply wanted to increase our possibilities by adding an acquisitions component to our organic growth strategy.’
    • ‘The idea started small but grew fast, and soon employees were added and budgets increased.’
    • ‘After Horsley fell, Styris joined Evans and they added the remaining 65 runs to ensure the win.’
    • ‘He has spent the winter in a strength program in an effort to add muscle and increase his endurance.’
    • ‘We are committed to increase our membership and add new revenue sources to support the work of the organization.’
    • ‘The pilot project is expected to increase patient access by adding the services of nurses and nurse practitioners to physicians' offices.’
    • ‘Charles III added to the grounds and doubled the size of the palace by adding an east wing that mirrored the original building.’
    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’
    • ‘when the mixture is soft, add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes’
    • ‘Unlike bronze, additional material cannot be added to acrylic after it is cast.’
    • ‘In 1904, he created Ovomaltine by adding ingredients like sugar, whey, and beet extract to his father's creation.’
    • ‘Home-baking was banned years ago after warders found cannabis was being added to the cake ingredients.’
    • ‘During the experiments, additional salts were added as indicated.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Small amounts of copper are added to increase hardness for some applications.’
    • ‘A small amount of sugar is added to the bottle before sealing it airtight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Peat moss was added during planting to increase the ability of the soil to hold water.’
    • ‘When an ethyl group is added to a compound the process is called ethylation.’
    • ‘If more oxygen gas is added to the system, the concentration of oxygen will increase.’
    • ‘If the soil tests indicate a need for magnesium to boost the soil ratio, add the amount indicated on the soil test report.’
    • ‘The Lootens formula keeps sulfite content low, uses very little bromide, and adds small amounts of citric acid and potassium thiocyanate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Greater contrast may be obtained by adding small amounts of a 5% solution of potassium bichromate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mildew can be eliminated by simply adding a small amount of household bleach to the cleaning solution.’
    1. 2.1Contribute (an enhancing quality) to something.
      ‘the suite will add a touch of class to your bedroom’
      • ‘wrought iron fences have been erected, adding some character, and the new road has made a world of difference’
      • ‘He will entertain spectators and add a bit more quality to our batting.’
      • ‘And each has been a solid contributor, adding much-needed depth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it's never intrusive, and it adds a nice trippy quality to the film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He added quality to the side, not to mention physical endeavour.’
      • ‘For more than a hundred years, we have added dimension and depth to the lives of campers and staff.’
      • ‘City are desperate to add quality to a team which is not scoring enough.’
      • ‘The texture and slight unevenness of the paint adds a remarkable three-dimensional quality to these wallpapers.’
      • ‘Composer Keiichi Suzuki's film score adds an entire other dimension to the action.’
      • ‘This time, it will be co-ed, adding an interesting dynamic to the experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the business outlets in the town have contributed to the lighting fund and the venture adds a huge festive atmosphere to the town.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some relics have certain historical significance that adds much to their value - such as a long-buried Colt from the Little Big Horn.’
      • ‘The whole process is invisible to most of us, but it adds a significant amount of value to the final product.’
      impart, lend, add, give, confer
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  • 3Put together (two or more numbers or amounts) to calculate their total value.

    ‘in this example, all the odd numbers between 1 and 10 are added together’
    • ‘children learned to add and subtract quickly and accurately’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then add these numbers together - and work out their percentage out of the possible maximum of 30.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first general rule allows us to calculate the derivative of two functions which have been added together.’
    • ‘Thus, the promoters add the capacity numbers together and sell that sum number of tickets.’
    • ‘These two amounts should be added together plus some cushion for unforeseen contingency.’
    • ‘He was motivated to figure out the problems, but he had difficulty adding mixed numbers, for which he often depended on his partner.’
    • ‘This calculation is continued for every year until the end of the mortality table, and then all the net present values are added together.’
    • ‘If the sum is not a primary number, the figures are added together until the result is a primary number.’
    • ‘Again, calculating and adding all these values will take a considerable amount of time, especially if we expect many future payments.’
    • ‘The sequence was composed of numbers where the following number was found by adding the last two numbers together.’
    • ‘These include counting beanbags to learn how to add whole numbers, and folding paper strips to learn to deal with fractions.’
    • ‘In order to add these fractions, we need to find the common denominator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was computed by adding the numbers against each of the 25 stories.’
    • ‘I have added up the amounts concerned, and they come to the sum of £2,400.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘we would like to add our congratulations’
    • ‘he added that few of the allies would support such an action’
    • ‘He added that the response of their neighbours to the event has been everything they could hope for.’
    • ‘He added that the response to the signature campaign has been overwhelming so far.’
    • ‘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 if the response of members was positive, the employers should quickly make the delayed payment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 added that the actor did not want to make any comment.’
    • ‘She stressed that the other EU states took the same stance, and added that she was waiting for a reply from the United States.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 the route maps will be drawn up after responses have been received from members of the public.’
    • ‘She added a licence fee increase was an interim measure and would be reviewed in 18 months time.’
    • ‘Such preparation, they add, will be handier than ever in this spring's tight job market.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘But many of his designs probably wouldn't get past the planning stage today, she added.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Rotherham Council last night said it had nothing further to add at this stage.’
    go on to say, state further, continue, carry on
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    add oil
    • (in Hong Kong) used to express encouragement, incitement, or support.

      • ‘hundreds of students gathered outside the school to voice their support, chanting ‘Add oil!’’


      Early 21st century anglicization of Chinese (Cantonese dialect) gā yáu, from gā ‘add’ + yáu ‘petrol’, with reference to petrol being injected into an engine.

Phrasal Verbs

    add in
    • add something in, add in somethingInclude or take something into account as an additional element.

      ‘don't forget to add in the cost of your time’
      • ‘I didn't even scoff when the show adds in a subplot where her sister and niece and nephew come over to her house.’
      • ‘Parents can add in requests to talk about good grades or helping more with the dishes.’
      • ‘When you add in all the limitations around safety, access and ongoing damage then it shifts the assessment.’
      • ‘Don't forget to add in the dividend yield of 2.88%.’
      • ‘When you make your budget, don't forget to add in things like the cost of visas, resort fees, and parking fees.’
      • ‘When you add in push notifications, you dramatically increase the ability of your application to engage your users.’
      • ‘ Add in a global health crisis, of course, and you have even more of a challenge.’
      • ‘ Add in the fact that he has lost so much speed from injuries, and you get the player we see today.’
      • ‘The company will use the funding to add in more features as requested by current users.’
      • ‘She has been able to add in more strenuous exercise recently.’
    add on
    • add something on, add on somethingInclude something as an additional element.

      ‘some box offices now add on a handling charge’
      • ‘the price advertised was not the price I paid as they added on a service charge of 15 per cent’
      • ‘five minutes added on to a lesson is neither here nor there’
      • ‘Add on an app that helps you cover important topics and reading material in 12 minutes flat, and you're set for just about anything.’
      • ‘Each year, I add on a new room in my home to decorate and this year I decided to tackle the kitchen.’
      • ‘Lawsuit loan agents can add on an unneeded 15-20% in expense to your deal.’
      • ‘Add on a coffee for a little caffeine boost.’
      • ‘ Add on a bottle of organic wine for €15.’
      • ‘Owners says they hope to add on a kitchen in the future.’
      • ‘Sometimes you might forget to add on extras that can hike up the price.’
      • ‘ Add on the figures for the TV broadcasts and you're talking about a 'reach' into 20 million households every week.’
      • ‘Home emergency insurance is sometimes added on to home contents and buildings insurance.’
      • ‘The fee is added on to your balance when the card is opened.’
    add to
    • add to somethingBe joined to something so as to increase its size, number, or amount.

      ‘this development added to the problems facing the staff’
      • ‘ This added to the excitement of the occasion’
      • ‘Not being able to go back to work has only added to her stress.’
      • ‘Doing so would surely add to the public embarrassment the team already faces.’
      • ‘These projects will add to the glory of the entire province.’
      • ‘ This added to the already high visitor numbers.’
      • ‘The older buildings add to the character of the school.’
      • ‘The hint that it's all real adds to the creepiness.’
      • ‘Its disappearance adds to the intrigue after a similar monolith was recently found in the Utah desert.’
      • ‘This adds to the wide range of support already available.’
      • ‘The gourmet burger range adds to the already exciting menu offered by this family-friendly café.’
    add up
    • 1Increase in amount, number, or degree.

      ‘watch those air miles add up!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Migoto watched as the fish added up quickly, and then quickly turned, walking down the bank the opposite way of the men.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But don't forget interest adds up quickly on unpaid and underpaid amounts.’
      • ‘Although the expense is only B700 per dog, this amount, multiplied by 1,000, adds up.’
      • ‘Companies don't raise their dividends by a huge amount each year, but it adds up over time.’
      • ‘That's a lot of money spent on gas and whatever amount can be saved definitely adds up over time.’
      • ‘Police now are making this suspect a priority, since the occurrences are increasing and the costs are adding up.’
      • ‘The amount of caffeine in these tea extracts can add up quickly, and is often not listed on the label.’
      • ‘We kept the rifle shooting and the amount of rounds through it started to add 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then there's the work on the sewerage and the water it all adds up.’
      • ‘A running toilet can be a simple thing to fix, and water savings add up quickly.’
    • 2Perform the process of calculating the total value of two or more numbers or amounts.

      ‘I wonder how many people get ripped because they can't add up’
      • ‘Could you imagine the furore if you left school not having been taught how to add up?’
      • ‘This game is an ideal way to help young children who are learning to add up.’
      • ‘You can use this game to help your child add up quickly as well.’
      • ‘I lost the ability to add up in my head.’
      • ‘Number lines are key for children to develop a solid mental arithmetic strategy helping them add up and subtract with ease.’
      1. 2.1add something up, add up somethingPut two or more numbers or amounts together to calculate their total value.
        ‘they added all the figures up’
        • ‘adding up the scores, we have 1690 and they have 880’
        • ‘He was actually a little scared to add up the figures to get the exact dollar amount he had spent.’
        • ‘When I added up the numbers, I was shocked.’
        • ‘You simply add up the number of miles you drove for business during the year and multiply it by the standard allowance.’
        • ‘I then added up the distances of my study, which came to be a total of 16,574 metres.’
        • ‘Linda adds up the total of their monthly payments.’
        • ‘I had lots of trouble adding up the scores.’
        • ‘I went onto the web site and added up the retail prices of the things they gave me.’
        • ‘You just add up those expenses over a period of time and divide by your average gross margin.’
        • ‘ Add up the two numbers you listed for b and c.’
        • ‘This adds up every penny that you're expected to repay, including all monthly repayments, fees and charges.’
    • 3usually with negative Seem 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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nothing adds up or makes sense and the plot descends into complete mayhem and rage.’
      • ‘Neither the president's math nor his moral reasoning adds up.’
      • ‘But this story did not add up and the friend became the chief suspect.’
      • ‘But on further prodding he realises there's more to this than meets the eye, as their story doesn't quite add up.’
      • ‘We simply do not believe the story, because the story does not add up.’
      • ‘So, like I said, something does not add up about the nandrolone story.’
      • ‘But Garner's story doesn't entirely add up on the page, and it doesn't on stage either.’
    add up to
    • 1add up to somethingCome to a specified number or amount.

      ‘this adds up to a total of 400 calories’
      • ‘It all adds up to 150,000 more local nurses, local teachers or local police officers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘White-collar workers received two to six weeks' extra vacation, adding up to as much as nine or 10 weeks a year.’
      • ‘Each item has a value of one to five points, the total adding up to 100.’
      • ‘This would be on top of small measures together adding up to £1bn-2bn rolled out in Wednesday's Budget.’
      • ‘All funds envisaged in this category, adding up to about 10 million euro, had been used, he said.’
      • ‘On average, each was off sick for 7.69 days, adding up to 2,330 working days lost.’
      • ‘Someone has a heart attack every two minutes adding up to 275,000 people each year.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Produce a particular result.
        ‘these isolated incidents don't add up to a true picture of the situation’
        • ‘the wild music, the live dancing, and the strobe lights all added up to an exciting theatrical experience’
        • ‘These changes are adding up to huge impacts.’
        • ‘Surprise medical billing can quickly add up to large amounts of debt.’
        • ‘The little things added up to major momentum changers.’
        • ‘He's got a lot of good stuff in his songs, but they do n't usually add up to a story.’
        • ‘By themselves they look trivial, but cumulatively they add up to the sort of difficulties we're facing today.’
        • ‘All of this sugar adds up to an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.’
        • ‘That all adds up to a huge carbon footprint.’
        • ‘All of these changes have added up to a lot more time spent at home, which is causing a strain on many relationships.’
        • ‘It has all added up to a difficult time for the bakery.’
        • ‘From the wrapping paper to the packaging, it all adds up to a lot of extra trash going to the landfill.’
        • ‘All this adds up to more and more vehicular movements in the town centre.’
        • ‘It's one flowing mood from start to finish, with the whole adding up to rather more than the sum of its parts.’


Late Middle English from Latin addere, from ad- ‘to’ + the base of dare ‘put’.