Meaning of ADD in English

ADD

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1. to add a new part or piece to something

2. to add more to an amount or cost

3. to add something to something you are cooking or mixing

4. to add a quality or characteristic to something

5. to add something to what has already been said or written

6. something that is added

RELATED WORDS

to add numbers or amounts together : ↑ COUNT/CALCULATE

to take a number from another number : ↑ COUNT/CALCULATE

to make something increase : ↑ INCREASE

see also

↑ REDUCE

↑ TOTAL

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1. to add a new part or piece to something

▷ add /æd/ [transitive verb]

to add a new part or piece to something, especially in order to improve it :

add something

▪ If you need more storage space it’s possible to add more shelves.

▪ The book would look a lot more attractive if they added a few color pictures.

add something to something

▪ Adding fertilizer to the soil will help the plants to grow more quickly.

▷ add on /ˌæd ˈɒn/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to add something to a building in order to improve it or make it larger :

add on something

▪ We’re having a bedroom added on to the back of the house.

add something on

▪ By adding a garage on, you can increase the value of your home.

2. to add more to an amount or cost

▷ add /æd/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

▪ They seem to have added a 10% service charge.

add something to something

▪ New fire-safety equipment had to be installed, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of the repairs.

add to something

▪ Catherine won’t mind if you add to her workload give her more work -- she needs the extra money.

▷ put something on /ˌpʊt something ˈɒn/ [transitive phrasal verb] British

to add an amount of money, especially a tax, to the cost of something :

▪ There are rumours that the government plans to put 20p on the cost of a packet of cigarettes.

▪ The new tax could put another ten cents on the price of gas.

▷ supplement /ˈsʌplɪment, ˈsʌpləment/ [transitive verb]

to add more to something so that you have enough -- used especially about someone adding to an amount of money, or someone eating more of a particular type of food to make them healthy :

▪ Tracy gives her children vitamin pills to supplement their diet.

▪ Mary found it necessary to supplement her earnings by writing articles for magazines.

3. to add something to something you are cooking or mixing

▷ add /æd/ [transitive verb]

▪ I think you need to add a little more salt.

add something to something

▪ Add milk to the mixture before heating it.

▪ John added some water to the paint to make it thinner.

4. to add a quality or characteristic to something

▷ add also lend formal /æd, lend/ [transitive verb not in progressive]

to add a quality or feature to something, for example by making it more interesting, attractive, or enjoyable :

▪ The car chase isn’t really necessary to the story, but it adds an element of excitement.

▪ Using actual furniture from the 1920s should help lend some authenticity.

add/lend something to something

▪ Fine champagne always adds glamour to an occasion.

▪ The strange music lends an air of mystery to the movie.

▪ The two new members added nothing to the band’s sound.

▪ The fresh chilies add a spicy flavor to the sauce.

▷ give /gɪv/ [transitive verb not in progressive]

to add a quality or feature to something or someone :

give something something

▪ The new sponsor gives the theatre some respectability.

give somebody something

▪ His uniform gave him an air of authority.

5. to add something to what has already been said or written

▷ add /æd/ [transitive verb]

▪ That’s my report. Is there anything you’d like to add, Peter?

▪ ‘Finally,’ she added, ‘I would like to thank my family for all their help.’

add that

▪ Barker refused to answer more questions, adding that he had already said too much.

I might add

spoken used especially when you are complaining about something

▪ The bus was two hours late and, I might add, they tried to charge my children the full adult fare!

▷ tack on /ˌtæk ˈɒn/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to add something at the end of something else -- use this especially when you think someone has added something carelessly and without enough thought :

tack on something

▪ The company gave a very long and confusing explanation, and just tacked on a short apology right at the end.

tack something on

▪ It looks like the director ran out of ideas and tacked the last part of the film on.

6. something that is added

▷ addition /əˈdɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

▪ Additions are made to the list from time to time.

addition to

▪ There has been a last minute addition to the programme for the President’s visit.

a new addition

a new person or thing in a group or list

▪ In the last three months there has been a new addition to the family - our daughter, Rachel.

▷ additive /ˈædɪtɪv, ˈædətɪv/ [countable noun]

something added to food in order to make it last longer, taste better, or look more attractive :

▪ This product contains no artificial additives.

▪ Foods sold under this label are guaranteed to be free from additives and preservatives.

▷ supplement /ˈsʌplɪmənt, ˈsʌpləmənt/ [countable noun]

something that is added to something else in order to improve it or make it complete :

▪ Doctors believe that vitamin supplements are largely unnecessary.

supplement to

▪ He sometimes eats fish as a supplement to his vegetarian diet.

▪ The current supplement to the encyclopedia ‘Growing Up with Science’ has a new section on cycles in nature.

▷ extra /ˈekstrə/ [countable noun]

something which is added to a basic product or service which improves it and also costs more :

▪ A wide range of extras are also available.

optional extra

British

▪ Tinted windows and a sunroof are optional extras.

▷ add-on /ˈæd ɒn/ [countable noun]

as a piece of equipment that can be added or connected to a computer, car etc to make it do more things or make it more useful :

▪ Add-ons such as modems and DVD drives can easily cost you hundreds of dollars.

▷ extension also addition American /ɪkˈstenʃ ə n, əˈdɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

another room or rooms that are added to a building :

▪ The Simpsons built a big addition onto the back of their house.

▪ You’ll find the Picasso collection in the extension to the museum.

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