\ 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

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addable or addible \ ˈa-​də-​bəl How to pronounce addible (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 Alternatively, add the free HTTPS Everywhere browser extension to your security arsenal. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 free downloads to keep your PC or Mac secure," 3 July 2020 An additional proposal for 2022 would add a second class of eight-man football for any school that has more than 300 students that would like to start a program or make a move from 11-man. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "New state finals schedule coming for Indiana high school football, eight-man up for vote," 3 July 2020 With the addition of Huggins-Bruce, the Cardinals add depth to a wide receiver corps that could potentially lose both Dez Fitzpatrick and Atwell after the 2020 season. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football adds wide receiver Ahmari Huggins-Bruce as 19th 2021 commitment," 3 July 2020 Using the same skillet, add the cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper and scallions. cleveland, "Flavorful rice dish inspired by cookbook of Pakistani cuisine," 2 July 2020 The stretches of coastline, which are all operated by the county, add to a growing list of city beaches that will close for the holiday in an effort to keep crowds from congregating on the sand and potentially spreading COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "County-run beaches in O.C. will close July 4th weekend as coronavirus cases surge," 2 July 2020 All told, the carrier will add almost 25,000 flights during the month as a whole compared with July, and triple its schedule from June., "Nearly a third of workers expect to remain out of the office for good, survey says," 2 July 2020 Bars and clubs cannot add a new food menu in order to qualify for being open, something many did under the previous executive order. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Do all Arizona bars have to close? 6 questions answered about Ducey's new executive order," 2 July 2020 Tuesday's video likely will add to the already mounting scrutiny surrounding PPFA and ABR. Fox News, "Testimony from Planned Parenthood, tissue procurer sheds light on babies born alive or with beating hearts," 2 July 2020

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

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5 Jul 2020

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“Add.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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

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