add up

verb
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of add up

1 a : 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
2 a : amount 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
: to form an opinion of
  • added him up at a glance

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First Known Use of add up

1850

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

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