W1S1 [æd] v
1¦(put with something else)¦
4¦(say more)¦
5¦(give a quality)¦
6 add(ed) to that/this
7 add weight to something
8 to add insult to injury
9 add fuel to the fire/flames
Phrasal verbs
 add something<=>in
 add something<=>on
 add to something
 add up
 add up to something
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: addere, from ad- 'to' + -dere 'to put']
to put something with something else or with a group of other things
If the mixture seems dry, add water.
add sth to sth
Do you want to add your name to the list?
Suzuki has added extra doors to its sports off-roader.
Material about recent research has been added to this new edition.
2.) ¦(COUNT)¦ [I and T]
if you add numbers or amounts together, you calculate their total
→↑subtract add sth and sth (together)
Add 7 and 5 to make 12.
For tax purposes, your pension and earnings are added together.
add sth to sth
Add £2.20 to the cost for postage.
3.) ¦(INCREASE)¦ [I and T]
to increase the amount or cost of something
add (sth) to sth
Spell-checking your document adds time to the process.
Sales tax adds to the price.
4.) ¦(SAY MORE)¦ [T]
to say more about something that has just been said
'And I don't care what you think,' she added defiantly.
That's all I have to say. Is there anything you'd like to add, David?
add that
Everyone will be invited to vote, he said, adding that voting is likely to be via the web.
I was refused accommodation -- not, I hasten to add , on account of my appearance (=used to explain more about what you have just said) .
She was trying to entertain us -- unsuccessfully, I might add (=used to comment on what you have just said) .
5.) ¦(GIVE A QUALITY)¦ [T]
to give a particular quality to something
add sth to sth
We've added value to the information by organizing it.
add a touch of glamour/class (to sth)
Champagne always adds a touch of glamour to the occasion.
Coloured glass can be added for effect.
6.) add(ed) to that/this
used to introduce another fact that supports your opinion
Our hospitals are short of cash. Add to that the long hours doctors work, and you have a recipe for disaster.
7.) add weight to sth
if something adds weight to an argument, idea etc, it makes it stronger
add weight to the suggestion/idea etc
Recent research adds weight to the theory that the climate is changing.
8.) to add insult to injury
to make a bad situation worse for someone who has already been treated badly
She not only deceived him but, to add insult to injury, allowed him to pay for her meal.
9.) add fuel to the fire/flames
to make an argument or disagreement worse
Rather than providing a solution, their statements merely added fuel to the fire.
add in [add sth<=>in] phr v
to include something with something else
Don't forget to add in the cost of your time.
add on [add sth<=>on] phr v
to include or put on something extra
proposals to add a penny on income tax
add something<=>on to
The private chapel was added on to the church much later.
add to [add to sth] phr v
to make a feeling or quality stronger and more noticeable
This show will no doubt add to his growing reputation.
add up phr v
1.) to calculate the total of several numbers
I can add up in my head quite easily.
add sth<=>up
Specialized software adds up the statistics.
2.) not add up
a) if a set of facts does not add up, it does not provide a reasonable explanation for a situation
He was troubled by a feeling that things just didn't add up.
b) if sums, numbers etc do not add up, there is a mistake in them
These figures don't add up.
3.) it all adds up informal
used to say that lots of small amounts gradually make a large total
There are five of us using the phone so it all adds up.
add up to [add up to sth] phr v
to produce a particular total or result
Rising prison population and overcrowding add up to a real crisis.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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