\ 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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addable or addible \ ˈa-​də-​bəl How to pronounce addible (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 In Orlando, the Spurs hope Murray — who the team signed to a four-year, $65-million extension in October — can further add to the collection of experiences required to grow as a point guard. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For Spurs’ Dejounte Murray, every game counts," 13 July 2020 While whisking, add the oil to the dressing in a steady stream. Justin Phillips,, "Bay Area salmon season is in full swing for home cooks but uncertain for fishers," 13 July 2020 Eboh, a Stanford transfer, and Knight, who started his collegiate career at Maryland before transferring to Kent State, can add experience to a secondary that lost three-year starter Darnay Holmes. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA football officially adds four transfers," 13 July 2020 The marching band from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery will add to its fame this week with an appearance on reality TV. Mary Colurso |, al, "Look for this marching band from AL high school on ‘America’s Got Talent’," 13 July 2020 Now, to add to all those problems, there is COVID-19, which further destabilizes voting. Anchorage Daily News, "Election experts warn of November disaster," 11 July 2020 To the many signs that consumer confidence is slumping, add this: for each of the past ten weeks, sales of ice-cream and frozen desserts have been at least 16% above last year’s levels. The Economist, "Food Britons are defrosting decades-old diets," 11 July 2020 Stir in vanilla, then slowly add half and half while stirring. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "How to make ice cream with no ice cream maker 🍦🍨," 10 July 2020 In a note to supporters, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon touted how more than two-thirds of their May donors had given to the former vice president for the first time, helping to add 2.6 million names to their email list. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden campaign taunts Brad Parscale after beating Trump and the RNC in June cash race," 2 July 2020

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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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29 Jul 2020

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“Add.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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

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