add up

added up; adding up; adds 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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UConn is a basketball school that tried to be a football school and was successful until the equation didn’t add up anymore. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Nostalgia is nice, but UConn’s move to the Big East is about writing and sending its own athletic messages," 28 June 2019 Defense attorneys argued that Burrus could not have killed Woolweaver because the times did not add up. Carol Robinson |,, "Shelby County man sentenced in business partner’s Highland Lakes murder," 24 June 2019 When the votes in all 100 House districts were added up, Democrats beat Republicans by a margin of 54 percent to 44 percent. Denise Lavoie, The Seattle Times, "Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats," 23 Jan. 2019 The contract includes a free live stream of both the organization’s Champions League and Super Cup matches, adding up to 32 matches per season. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Facebook secures deal to stream Champions League matches in Latin America," 16 Aug. 2018 According to research by the city of Palo Alto, the average cost of each foodware item would increase between 1 cent and 2 cents, numbers that seem low but add up when restaurants are serving restless lines of hungry diners during rush hours. Melissa Chen, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto tells restaurants to toss disposable foodware; restrictions on straws, cups and utensils may spread to other Bay Area cities," 23 June 2019 The out-of-network doctor or other health care provider then bills the patient directly for the difference between what the insurance company will cover and what the provider charges, often adding up to astronomical amounts. CBS News, "Surprise medical bills: Congress aims to ease the pain," 20 June 2019 The third and most commonly used type of average, the mean, is found by adding up all the numbers and then dividing by the total number of numbers. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Averages Aren’t Always What They Seem," 19 June 2019 While many items were enjoyable enough, others were flat-out burnt, adding up to a decidedly average overall experience. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Highland Morning may be a Bardstown Road staple, but it fails to impress," 19 June 2019

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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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