\ 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 Plans are in the works with School Sisters of Notre Dame and Mount Mary to add Trinity Woods, an intergenerational housing project set to open this fall. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 The new permit will also require Energy Fuels to add additional monitoring of local and regional aquifers. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 That didn’t help his puck play, which was already a weakness, and one of the factors that spurred the Bruins to add puck-mover Mike Reilly at the trade deadline., 16 July 2021 The investment in new facilities and advanced technology, along with more expensive raw materials will add to costs for TSMC’s clients, Mr. Wei said. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Metro Transit plans to add police officers and more than triple its number of community service officers to ensure that passengers feel safe while taking Twin Cities' public transportation, especially light rail. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 All hail the Chicago White Sox, who possess an eight-game lead in the American League Central and a comfort in knowing their nearest pursuers are likelier to subtract, rather than add, as the trade deadline approaches. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 To add to her list of accomplishments, Torres was the first swimmer to represent the U.S. in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008) and was also the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team at age 41. Annabelle Sikes,, 15 July 2021 The new subsidiary looks to simplify and add scale to the company’s LNG projects, natural gas portfolio, renewable energy assets in Mexico and its pursuit of lower-carbon technologies. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 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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The first known use of add was in the 14th century

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18 Jul 2021

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“Add.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 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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