- 1 [transitive] to put something together with something else so as to increase the size, number, amount, etc. add something Next add the flour. The juice contains no added sugar. The plan has the added (= extra) advantage of bringing employment to rural areas. add something to something A new wing was added to the building. Shall I add your name to the list? Chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to put numbers or amounts together to get a total add A to B Add 9 to the total. add A and B together If you add all these amounts together you get a huge figure. opposite subtract See related entries: Mathematical terminology
- 3 [transitive] to say something more; to make a further remark + speech ‘And don't be late,’ she added. add something (to something) I have nothing to add to my earlier statement. add that… He added that they would return a week later.
- 4[transitive] add something (to something) to give a particular quality to an event, a situation, etc. The suite will add a touch of class to your bedroom. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin addere, from ad-
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BrE BrE//æd//; NAmE NAmE//æd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they add
BrE BrE//æd//; NAmE NAmE//æd//he / she / it adds
BrE BrE//ædz//; NAmE NAmE//ædz//past simple added
BrE BrE//ˈædɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈædɪd//past participle added
BrE BrE//ˈædɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈædɪd//-ing form adding
BrE BrE//ˈædɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈædɪŋ//Mathematical terminology