Pronunciation Verb

add (adds, present participle adding; past and past participle added)

  1. (transitive) To join or unite (e.g. one thing to another, or as several particulars) so as to increase the number, augment the quantity or enlarge the magnitude, or so as to form into one aggregate.
  2. To sum up; to put together mentally.
    • 1689, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
      […] as easily as he can add together the ideas of two days or two years.
    to add numbers
  3. (transitive) To combine elements of (something) into one quantity.
    to add a column of numbers
  4. (transitive) To give by way of increased possession (to someone); to bestow (on).
    • 1611, King James Version, Genesis 30:24:
      The LORD shall add to me another son.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
      Back to thy punishment, False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings.
  5. (transitive) To append (e,g, a statement); to say further information.
    • 1855, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume 3, page 37 :
      He added that he would willingly consent to the entire abolition of the tax
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
      "Bless your dear heart," she said, "I am sure I can tell you of a way to get back to Kansas." Then she added, "But, if I do, you must give me the Golden Cap."
  6. (intransitive) To make an addition; to augment; to increase.
    It adds to our anxiety.
  7. (intransitive, mathematics) To perform the arithmetical operation of addition.
    He adds rapidly.
  8. (intransitive, video games) To summon minions or reinforcements.
    Typically, a hostile mob will add whenever it's within the aggro radius of a player.
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add (plural adds)

  1. (computer science) An act or instance of adding.
  2. (video games) An additional enemy that joins a fight after the primary target.
    When the player has fought the boss for one minute, two adds will arrive from the back and must be dealt with.



  1. Initialism of attention deficit disorder
  2. Initialism of accidental death and dismemberment
    • 1989, West's Federal Supplement, volume 713, page 958 ↗:
      Although not sought by QuesTech, the dismemberment portion of the policy was nonetheless issued as an integral part of Hartford’s standard ADD policy.
    • 1989, David Frangiamore, How Insurance Companies Settle Cases, James Publishing, page 4-110 ↗:
      ADD Insurance: Also known as Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy, […]
    • 1993, Pension Plan Guide, Transfer Binder, Commerce Clearing House, page 871 ↗:
      You represent that the ADD Plan was established in 1987 to provide accidental death and disemberment insurance to ALPA members and certain ALPA employees.
    • March, 1997, American Bar Association Journal, page 444 ↗:
      Life plus accidental death and dismemberment; disability income; in-hospital indemnity; major medical; ADD/250 high-limit coverage accidental loss of life, limbs, sight, speech, or hearing.
    • 1997, Philippine Financial Almanac, Ventures Unlimited, page 125 ↗:
      Accidental Death and Dismemberment (ADD)
    • 2003, Program Director’s Handbook, volume 21 / 29, AmeriCorps, page 12 ↗:
      We do not endorse a particular provider of ADD insurance.
  3. A designation on prerecorded compact discs indicating that the contents were recorded in analog but mixed and mastered in digital; compare AAD, DAD, DDD.
  • (accidental death and dismemberment) AD&D

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