\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, 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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Finally, Microsoft added a capability to Windows Device Application Guard, its secure browser within Windows. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 Color was added to the front xeriscaping thanks to colorful steel stick sculptures by local Las Vegas sculptor Randy Mendre. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Renovated midcentury near Las Vegas wants $437K," 2 Nov. 2018 Australia and the South Pacific Australia Drew KluskaThe TailorKluska’s roster of winemakers, fashion insiders, and Olympic medalists adds next-level insights to trips. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The Orioles added Ramírez to the 40-man roster after the season. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles right-hander Yefry Ramírez has embraced change on winding path to major leagues," 14 July 2018 Florida has been adding $2.7 billion to its GDP each day on average, the Chamber said in its release. Bill Zimmerman,, "Florida's GDP hits $1 trillion mark: As a country, it'd rank 17th in world," 13 July 2018 The song was instantly well received by fans which only added to the hype for Grande's new album Sweetener, due out Aug. 17. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Pete Davidson's Excited Reaction To Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Is Adorable," 13 July 2018 And, the university’s involvement can add cachet to the property in some instances. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "These donors love their alma maters so much they gave them the roofs over their heads," 13 July 2018 Changes to the bill in 1996 and 2006 have added scientific backing to fishery management decisions that have rebuilt more than 40 domestic fish stocks since 2000, the scientists wrote. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 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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