add up

verb
added up; adding up; adds up

Definition of add up

intransitive verb

1a : to come to the expected total the bill doesn't add up
b : to form an intelligible pattern : make sense her story just doesn't add up
2a : amount sense 1b used with tothe play adds up to a lot of laughs
b : to amount to a lot just a little each time, but it all adds up

transitive verb

: to form an opinion of added him up at a glance

Examples of add up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a stranger arrives the same day a body is discovered outside of town, a local sheriff tries to piece together a string of events that don’t quite add up. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Wegener said much of Reinosa's story to police did not add up. CBS News, "Los Angeles sheriff's deputy may face criminal charges after allegedly fabricating sniper story," 26 Aug. 2019 This was obviously a toy, but something just wasn’t adding up. oregonlive, "Pennywise the clown floated into woman’s backyard. She burned it, then slept with a knife.," 19 Aug. 2019 Casey said her explanation didn’t add up, according to his affidavit. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019 Too many tchotchkes on the counter are bad, and too many pieces of small furniture that don’t add up to a greater sum is not great. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Fashion’s Jason Wu on Decorating and Matching Furniture to Your Pets," 21 June 2019 That can difficult to remember, as the various gaffes have added up to a 18-27 record since arriving to the All-Star break at 45-45. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres’ focus shifts to winning now for later," 1 Sep. 2019 In June, analysts with Barclays estimated that the change would cost Uber and Lyft an extra $3,625 per driver in California—adding up to more than $500 million a year for Uber and $290 million for Lyft. Wired, "A California Bill Has Uber and Lyft Running Scared," 30 Aug. 2019 Like text expansion, learning how to use shortcuts to add events, scroll through dates, get rid of appointments, or jump to today’s agenda can save you a few minutes each day, which adds up. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "These 10 Google Calendar Tips Will Make You the Master of Your Schedule," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of add up

1850, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

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The first known use of add up was in 1850

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