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Definition of add verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    add

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin addere, from ad- ‘to’ + the base of dare ‘put’.Extra examples I hasten to add that I knew nothing of the fraud at the time. The Easter Festival added a new dimension to Salzburg’s musical life. to add a touch/​sense/​feeling of glamour/​elegance/​luxury/​opulence/​distinction/​classIdioms
    added to this…, add to this…
     
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    used to introduce another fact that helps to emphasize a point you have already made Add to this the excellent service and you can see why it's the most popular hotel on the island.
    to make a bad relationship with somebody worse by offending them even more
    Phrasal Verbsadd somethinginadd somethingon (to something)add to somethingadd upadd upadd up to something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: add