add up

verb

Definition of add up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to come to the expected total the bill doesn't add upb :  to form an intelligible pattern :  make sense her story just doesn't add up

  3. 2a :  amount 1b —used with to the play adds up to a lot of laughsb :  to amount to a lot just a little each time, but it all adds up

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to form an opinion of added him up at a glance

1850

First Known Use of add up

1850



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