Definition of Add up

1. Verb. Develop into. "Nothing came of his grandiose plans"

Exact synonyms: Amount, Come
Generic synonyms: Become, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Aggregate

2. Verb. Determine the sum of. "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"

3. Verb. Add up in number or quantity. "The bill came to $2,000"
Exact synonyms: Amount, Come, Number, Total
Specialized synonyms: Work Out, Outnumber, Average, Average Out, Make
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Amount, Amount, Number, Number, Number, Total, Total

4. Verb. Be reasonable or logical or comprehensible.
Exact synonyms: Make Sense
Generic synonyms: Be

Definition of Add up

1. Verb. (transitive) To take a sum. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To accumulate; to amount to. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) To make sense; to be reasonable or consistent. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Add Up

add fuel to fire
add fuel to the fire
add insult to injury
add on
add one's twopenn'orth
add ons
add to
add together
add up (current term)
add up to
add value
added up

Literary usage of Add up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Trial of Samuel M. Andrews, Indicted for the Murder of by Samuel M. Andrews, Charles Gideon Davis, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1869)
"He found, when he came to state and add up this account, he had overpaid $93.87. The accounts presented were as follows. These are the accounts settled. ..."

2. Coin's Financial School Up to Date by William Hope Harvey (1895)
"Now," said COIN, to Miss Hix, " add up the gold coined for the same period, ... It would be unfair in me to add up only the gold eagles and leave all the ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1866)
"Suppose we begin to add up the items in each system, we shall find the gain to ... The sums of these would take 83 „ I have to set down before I add up 758 ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"... and after you ascertain what the market value of the rents during those years was, add up those sums, and when you add them up divide it by two; ..."

5. The Letters of Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens, Georgina Hogarth, Mamie Dickens (1882)
"... and will then set a skilful accountant to add up the whole, the product, as the Tutor's Assistants say, will give you the amount required. ..."

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