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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Residents of Buffalo, N.Y., can add the annual Turkey Trot to that list. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 Just add your favorite red wine, garnish with a little fruit and let the compliments on your mixology skills roll in. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 24 Nov. 2022 This year, Old Line State bettors can add a generous helping of three NFL games to their Turkey Day activities. cleveland, 24 Nov. 2022 And just add to that, with a presence that’s respectful, delicate, and sensitive. William E. Ketchum Iii, Billboard, 23 Nov. 2022 Just like last year, Macy’s will also add a charitable Web3 element to the Thanksgiving parade. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2022 Vintage timber details add a sort of heartbeat and seem to have a peculiar harmony with the smoky green-gray Venetian glass bricks. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 23 Nov. 2022 Then to add some sparkle, tap into those shiny button earrings or clip-ons that have been waiting to come out of your jewelry box all year! Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2022 Decorative accompaniments such as apples, oranges, lemons, limes, and fresh herbs like parsley and chives add to the aesthetics and also help mark the meal and the occasion as something special. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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

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