\ ˈad How to pronounce add (audio) \
added; adding; adds

Definition of add

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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 How to pronounce ADD (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for add

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, some people add a combination of refrigerated and frozen fruit so that water stays cold and flavorful longer. Sian Babish,, "The best infusion water bottle," 29 Mar. 2021 Southerners add dumplings, and for Jews … matzo balls. CBS News, "Chicken soup: The story of "Jewish penicillin"," 28 Mar. 2021 When adding any type of exfoliating ingredient like glycolic acid, retinol or vitamin C, add it into your routine one at a time and very slowly. Essence, "Tips And Hacks For Transitioning Your Winter Skincare To Spring," 26 Mar. 2021 Older barrels add less wood tannin, leaving the wine softer and easier to drink at a young age. Washington Post, "An iconic wine label is blending Aussie and American wines — and it’s working," 26 Mar. 2021 Kitchen Entryway Solution If your door opens directly into the kitchen, add a freestanding island cart. Katie Bandurski, Better Homes & Gardens, "15 Stealthy Ways to Fake an Entryway in a Tight Space," 25 Mar. 2021 Minnesotans can add another No. 1 ranking to the trophy case: our dislike of virtual meetings. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Why Minnesotans rank No. 1 in Zoom fatigue," 25 Mar. 2021 Melli, meanwhile, will add some depth in the Mavericks’ frontcourt as a power forward and center who’s in his second NBA season. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Mavs trade for JJ Redick, Nicolo Melli just before NBA deadline, send James Johnson, Wes Iwundu to Pelicans," 25 Mar. 2021 The best ones add just the right amount of coziness—without being too hot, heavy, or scratchy against your skin. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, "11 things people bought from influencers and hated—and what to buy instead," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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1 Apr 2021

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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 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)

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