\ ˈad How to pronounce add (audio) \
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

Other Words from add


addable or addible \ ˈa-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ADD (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for add

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of add in a Sentence

Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then add to a spice grinder and grind into a coarse powder. Rachel Gurjar, Bon Appétit, 16 May 2022 Uber will also add a charging map for drivers to easily find nearby charging stations. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 Just add friends, family, a picnic, and some tunes on a wireless speaker. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 16 May 2022 The Marines will add an unknown number of loitering munitions to their 27 active duty and reserve battalions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 In addition to replacing the 85 existing cameras, the city will add 43 more to cover 15 additional locations. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Those that do not purchase Princess Premier add-on can still participate in Princess Prizes by paying $20 per day for a chance to win. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 15 May 2022 As for fuel sources, charcoal and wood chips both add flavor to your food, but charcoal burns much hotter and longer than wood and therefore tends to produce more consistent results. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 14 May 2022 When someone makes a joke, at least two other Kids will instantly add on to it. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'add.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About add

Time Traveler for add

Time Traveler

The first known use of add was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near add

ad creep



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for add

Last Updated

19 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Add.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for add


\ ˈad How to pronounce add (audio) \
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)

More from Merriam-Webster on add

Nglish: Translation of add for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of add for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!