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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You may be accustomed to paying a power bill as a renter, but homeowners must pay for power, water, and sewer, which can add up to another hefty monthly expense. Nancy Mann Jackson, House Beautiful, "How Much Money You'll Really Need To Buy A House," 26 Feb. 2019 Many popular fitness studios charge anywhere from $20 to $30 or more per class, which can really add up. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "My 8 Favorite Hacks to Take Group Fitness Classes Without Paying Full Price," 12 Feb. 2019 Then there’s the cost of the hormone injections necessary for the process — usually about $3,000 — plus storage, which can add up to as much as $1,200 a year. Horacio Salinas, Allure, "The Rise of Egg Freezing as a Fertility Choice," 15 Oct. 2018 But my fear is that for a variety of reasons — including the genre’s perceived appeal only to women, and the fact that its dependence on strong actors means studios have to pay those actors more, which adds up quickly — this is unlikely to happen. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why romantic comedies matter," 29 Aug. 2018 Depending on the teen’s audience and experience, most shops typically pay $5 to $20 for a single post, which has added up to thousands of dollars for some. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New facial recognition tech nabbed its first imposter trying to enter the U.S.," 24 Aug. 2018 Storage starts at 128GB and goes all the way up to 512GB, which, with 8GB of RAM, adds up to a $1,249 price tag. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung makes the Galaxy Note9 official with big battery upgrade," 9 Aug. 2018 His years of burger-eating experience added up to three beef cuts in Flamme Burger patties: sirloin for beefy flavor, brisket for bite and short rib for juicy, fatty goodness. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis burger restaurant keeps winning best burger awards," 28 June 2018 The study found that not only do these calories add up, but also the source is rarely healthy. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Free Office Food Is as Bad as You Think: Those Snacks Are Adding 1,300 Calories to Your Diet Each Week," 13 June 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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