add up


Definition of add up 

intransitive verb

1a : to come to the expected total the bill doesn't add up

b : to form an intelligible pattern : make sense her story just doesn't add up

2a : amount sense 1b used with to the play adds up to a lot of laughs

b : to amount to a lot just a little each time, but it all adds up

transitive verb

: to form an opinion of added him up at a glance

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Over time, that small deviation from 50Hz has added up to the six-minute delay for Euroclocks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Conflict in the Balkans Is Screwing Up Europe’s Clocks," 8 Mar. 2018 The 1,600 households served by Sativa pay a flat rate of $65 a month, adding up to nearly $1.3 million in annual revenue. Angel Jennings,, "Customers sue embattled Compton water district over discolored water," 10 July 2018 The first, narrow one is that the number of Democrats (including independents who caucus with the party) and pro-choice Republicans in the Senate adds up to 51. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Brett Kavanaugh’s Qualifications Don’t Matter," 10 July 2018 The lien is among dozens filed in Harris County against the local billionaire’s company, adding up to more than $30.5 million, the Houston Business Journal reported. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Tilman Fertitta’s Landry’s slapped with $20M lien on Post Oak tower," 3 July 2018 But traders are concerned that all of these problems may add up to shortages down the road. New York Times, "Trump Pressures Saudi Arabia to Increase Oil Production," 30 June 2018 The Army is massively revving up its fleet of Bradley Fighting Vehicles through a recent deal to add up to 473 of the new infantry carriers, service officials said. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army makes massive Bradley buy - up to 473 vehicles to prep for major power war," 27 June 2018 When both get added up, a few schools could be left with mismatching grades, experts said. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "2 different school accountability systems could mean uncertainty for parents, Northwest Indiana educators fear," 15 June 2018 The hit to growth from the $34bn-worth of tariffs is likely to be minuscule, adding up to just about 0.1% of Chinese GDP. The Economist, "As its trade tussle with America heats up, China is on the back foot," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of add up

1850, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

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The first known use of add up was in 1850

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