add up

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 to the 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

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 Evidence revealed at Novak’s criminal trial showed the police department received 10 phone calls about the page, adding up to a total of 12 minutes. Eric Heisig,, "Parma man who created fake police department Facebook page can proceed with lawsuit, court says," 29 July 2019 Those little delays continue throughout the process, adding up to minutes. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "After $720K and 3 missed deadlines, St. Paul police say software company broke contract," 12 July 2019 Carr’s game is predicated on throwing quickly and accurately to add up small chunks of yards in a big scoring drive. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Fangio laments lost chances in the red zone," 10 Sep. 2019 The numbers don’t seem to add up for the opposition when Martinez is on the field. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "McCabe: Muskegon star QB Cameron Martinez is never satisfied," 8 Sep. 2019 That would seem to add up to more minutes for Davis at the five. Kyle Goon, Orange County Register, "Purple & Bold: DeMarcus Cousins’ injury opens a can of worms for the Lakers," 16 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'add up.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of add up

1850, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about add up

Statistics for add up

Last Updated

5 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for add up

The first known use of add up was in 1850

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on add up

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with add up

Nglish: Translation of add up for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of add up for Arabic Speakers

Comments on add up

What made you want to look up add up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


transposition of initial sounds of words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!