add

1 of 2

verb

added; adding; adds

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

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

ADD

2 of 2

abbreviation

1
American Dialect Dictionary
2
attention deficit disorder

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of add was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Add.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/add. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

add

verb
1
a
: to join or unite to a thing so as to increase or improve it
add a wing to the house
color adds a creative touch
b
: to unite or combine in a single whole
c
: to include as a member of a group
add me in
2
: to say something more
add to her remarks
3
: to combine (numbers) into a single number that has the same total value
addable adjective
or addible

Medical Definition

add

1 of 2 abbreviation
adduction; adductor

ADD

2 of 2 abbreviation

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