\ ˈad How to pronounce add (audio) \
added; adding; adds

Definition of add

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to join or unite so as to bring about an increase or improvement adds 60 acres to his land wine adds a creative touch to cooking
2 : to say further : append Do you have anything else to add to the discussion?
3 : to combine (numbers) into an equivalent simple quantity or number
4 : to include as a member of a group Don't forget to add me in.

intransitive verb

1a : to perform addition
b : to come together or unite by addition The facts added together to support his theory.
2a : to serve as an addition The movie will add to his fame.
b : to make an addition added to her savings

Definition of ADD (Entry 2 of 2)

1 American Dialect Dictionary
2 attention deficit disorder

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Other Words from add


addable or addible \ ˈa-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ADD (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for add

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of add in a Sentence

Verb She's planning to add some new flowers to the garden. The company is adding over 200 jobs this year. This winter, he added skiing to his list of favorite sports. Add one cup of sugar to the mixture. Next, add the remaining butter to the pan. In this dish, fresh herbs add lots of color and flavor. We can help you add excitement to your vacation. The historical details add depth to his story. She adds a certain amount of experience and authority to the project. When you add three and seven, you get ten.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Part of the appeal of signing Winslow was his ability to bring the ball upcourt and add ballhandling without sacrificing size and defense. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Then wash the pants in the hottest water that the manufacturer recommends and add a bit more detergent than normal and ¼ cup of plain ammonia (nonsudsing) to the wash water. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2021 Studying these materials could add to our understanding of the lifestyle and diet of the period, as well as ancient diseases, the agency said. Jack Guy, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Analysts said that the videos could add pressure on President Vladimir Putin’s government, which is already facing growing public discontent amid stagnating living standards and limited personal freedoms. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 Adani Green Energy said in a press release that the acquisition will add 5 GW of renewable energy capacity to the company, which has ambitious plans to become the global leader in renewable energy. Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The bill was blocked by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican who argued that providing relief to restaurants would only add to the nation’s growing debt and encourage future lockdowns. Christina Tkacik,, 30 Sep. 2021 Jones hopes the exhibit will add nuance to Chicago’s narrative of triumphant recovery. Talia Soglin,, 29 Sep. 2021 But producing the car in a net-zero environment would only add about €600 (or about $700) to the end cost of the vehicle—a difference of about 2%, Lesser said. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of add


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for add


Middle English adden, borrowed from Anglo-French adder, borrowed from Latin addere, from ad- ad- + -dere "to put, place," going back to a reduced ablaut grade of Indo-European *dheh1- — more at do entry 1

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10 Oct 2021

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“Add.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of add

: to put (something) with another thing or group of things
: to mix or combine (an ingredient) with other ingredients
: to include (something) with something else


\ ˈad How to pronounce add (audio) \
added; adding

Kids Definition of add

1 : to combine numbers into a single sum
2 : to join or unite to something They plan to add a room to the house.
3 : to cause to have Parsley adds color to the dish.
4 : to say something more The teacher added, "It's not only wrong, it's foolish."
add up
1 : to be added together to equal the expected amount
2 : to make sense Something about his story doesn't add up.



Medical Definition of add

 (Entry 1 of 2)

adduction; adductor



Medical Definition of ADD (Entry 2 of 2)

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