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add up

verb

Definition of add up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to come to the expected total <the bill doesn't add up> b :  to form an intelligible pattern :  make sense <her story just doesn't add up>

  3. 2 a :  amount 1b —used with to <the play adds up to a lot of laughs> b :  to amount to a lot <just a little each time, but it all adds up>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to form an opinion of <added him up at a glance>



1850

First Known Use of add up

1850



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