ad·​di·​tion ə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce addition (audio)
: a part added (as to a building or residential section)
The addition expanded the kitchen.
: anything or anyone added : increase
The clerk was a recent addition to the staff.
: the act or process of adding
a recipe enhanced by the addition of freshly ground pepper
especially : the operation of combining numbers so as to obtain an equivalent simple quantity
schoolchildren learning about addition and subtraction
: direct chemical combination of substances into a single product
in addition
: besides entry 2, also
The job requires a college degree and, in addition, at least two years of experience.
in addition to
: combined or associated with : besides entry 1 sense 2
In addition to soup, several salads were served.

Examples of addition in a Sentence

The children learned addition and subtraction. The museum's collection includes several new additions.
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Word History


Middle English addicioun, borrowed from Anglo-French addicion, borrowed from Latin additiōn-, additiō, from addi-, variant stem of addere "to add" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of addition was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Addition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


ad·​di·​tion ə-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce addition (audio)
: the result of adding : increase
: the act, process, or operation of adding
: a part added (as to a building)

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