\ ˈad \
added; adding; adds

Definition of add 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to join or unite so as to bring about an increase or improvement adds 60 acres to his land wine adds a creative touch to cooking

2 : to say further : append Do you have anything else to add to the discussion?

3 : to combine (numbers) into an equivalent simple quantity or number

4 : to include as a member of a group Don't forget to add me in.

intransitive verb

1a : to perform addition

b : to come together or unite by addition The facts added together to support his theory.

2a : to serve as an addition The movie will add to his fame.

b : to make an addition added to her savings

Definition of ADD (Entry 2 of 2)

1 American Dialect Dictionary

2 attention deficit disorder

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Other words from add


addable or addible \ˈa-də-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for add

Synonyms: Verb

adjoin, annex, append, tack (on)

Antonyms: Verb

abate, bate, deduct, knock off, remove, subtract, take off

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Examples of add in a Sentence


She's planning to add some new flowers to the garden. The company is adding over 200 jobs this year. This winter, he added skiing to his list of favorite sports. Add one cup of sugar to the mixture. Next, add the remaining butter to the pan. In this dish, fresh herbs add lots of color and flavor. We can help you add excitement to your vacation. The historical details add depth to his story. She adds a certain amount of experience and authority to the project. When you add three and seven, you get ten.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the most recent nod to Ross, the meditation and sleep app Calm added his voice to soothe listeners. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 Texas added two rigs, in including one in the prolific Permian basin, bringing the total rigs there to 476. Houston Chronicle, "Texas rig counts ticks up amid oil price slide," 13 July 2018 Tauck is adding five additional ocean cruise itineraries in 2019 including 19-night trips to Australia and New Zealand; 11-night trips around the Great Lakes; and nine-night trips to Spitsbergen, Norway, in the Arctic. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 The school district already had officers in the city’s middle and high schools, but the new plan would add officers in the city’s two elementary schools, according to WTVJ-Ch. Johnny Diaz,, "North Miami Beach to add police officers in schools this fall," 13 July 2018 Prosecutors said that Johnson paid bribes to Pierce in exchange for his support of rate increases at the water company that added about $10 a month to customer bills in 2011 and 2012. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Judge slams Johnson Utilities' service, says company needs an emergency manager," 12 July 2018 Microsoft is also finally adding in ctrl+backspace support to delete a previous word in Notepad, and performance improvements for large files. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is updating the Windows Notepad app for the first time in years," 12 July 2018 That is true, and adding in budget payments and free movement will surely prompt further cabinet resignations and backbench rebellions. The Economist, "A new Brexit plan creates fresh depths of chaos," 12 July 2018 Ledesma scored four goals and added one assist in June. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati's Emmanuel Ledesma named USL Player of the Month for June," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of add


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for add


Middle English adden, borrowed from Anglo-French adder, borrowed from Latin addere, from ad- ad- + -dere "to put, place," going back to a reduced ablaut grade of Indo-European *dheh1- — more at do entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of add

: to put (something) with another thing or group of things

: to mix or combine (an ingredient) with other ingredients

: to include (something) with something else


\ ˈad \
added; adding

Kids Definition of add

1 : to combine numbers into a single sum

2 : to join or unite to something They plan to add a room to the house.

3 : to cause to have Parsley adds color to the dish.

4 : to say something more The teacher added, “It's not only wrong, it's foolish.”

add up

1 : to be added together to equal the expected amount

2 : to make sense Something about his story doesn't add up.

Medical Definition of add 

(Entry 1 of 2)

adduction; adductor

Medical Definition of ADD (Entry 2 of 2)

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alleviating pain or harshness

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