\ 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 addible (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for add

Synonyms: Verb

adjoin, annex, append, subjoin, 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

As another one of the most popular shows in Netflix’s catalog, the NBC workplace comedy’s upcoming move is already a blow to the streaming service; add Friends to the pile, and Netflix is looking a bit wobblier than usual. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Friends is leaving Netflix in 2020," 9 July 2019 Their overall goal is to remain part of a committed couple as tempting new singles are gradually added to the villa. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: The coupling up commences on Love Island," 9 July 2019 Urban Meyer is adding to his list of hobbies in his post-coaching career. Mark Heim |, al, "Urban Meyer to co-host podcast about ‘elite leadership, culture and behavior’," 9 July 2019 Nine people who support something that won’t work, that adds yet another embarrassing storyline to the national narrative that we, in Alabama, don’t have any common sense. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: Montgomery’s panhandling law sends yet a message Alabama doesn’t need," 9 July 2019 Buttigieg added to his coffers Friday at the Provincetown fundraiser organized by Bryan Rafanelli, a major Democratic donor who also hosted a Buttigieg event this year at Fenway Park in Boston. Janet Hook,, "Gay voters take pride in Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy, but many question whether he can win," 8 July 2019 The Bruins added to their organizational depth, announcing Monday the signings of six players to AHL deals. Matt Porter,, "Bruins sign six players to AHL deals," 8 July 2019 Then add the right amount of carbohydrate — about ½ cup to a cup for most people. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Overindulge this weekend? This 'Summer Mondays' routine will help you hit the reset button," 8 July 2019 The back and forth banter between Ma$e and his longtime DJ throughout the performance was both comical and refreshing, adding to the authentic feel of the show and perfectly complimenting an excellent set list. Okla Jones, Essence, "Ma$e Brings Harlem World To New Orleans During The 25th annual Essence Festival Weekend," 8 July 2019

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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 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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