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Definition of addition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the process of adding two or more numbers together to find their total children learning addition and subtraction opposite
  2. 2[countable] addition (to something) a thing that is added to something else the latest addition to our line of cars an addition to the family (= another child) last-minute additions to the government's package of proposals
  3. 3[uncountable] addition (of something) the act of adding something to something else Pasta's basic ingredients are flour and water, sometimes with the addition of eggs or oil.
  4. 4[countable] addition (to something) a new part that is added to a building architects who specialize in home additions The addition should match the architecture of the house.
  5. Language Bankadditionadding another item Bilingual children do better on IQ tests than children who speak only one language. In addition/What is more, they seem to find it easier to learn third, or even fourth, languages. Learning another language not only improves children's job prospects in later life, but also boosts their self-esteem. Teaching children a second language improves their job prospects in later life. Other benefits include increased self-esteem and greater tolerance of other cultures. Another/One further/One additional reason for encouraging bilingual education is that it boosts children's self-esteem. Studies suggest that bilingual children find it easier to learn additional languages. There is, moreover, increasing evidence that bilingual children perform better across a range of school subjects, not just foreign languages. His claim that children find bilingual education confusing is based on very little evidence. Moreover, the evidence he does provide is seriously flawed. Research has shown that first-language development is not impeded by exposure to a second language. Furthermore, there is no evidence to support the claim that children find bilingual education confusing.Idioms
    in addition (to somebody/something)
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    used when you want to mention another person or thing after something else In addition to these arrangements, extra ambulances will be on duty until midnight. There is, in addition, one further point to make.
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