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Definition of the verb add up

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  1. develop into
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of add up: amount / come
    • more generic words: become / turn = undergo a change or development
    • more specific word: aggregate = amount in the aggregate to
  2. determine the sum of
  3. add up in number or quantity
  4. be reasonable or logical or comprehensible
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of add up: make sense
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being

Alternative definition of the verb add up


  1. [transitive] To take a sum.
  2. [intransitive] To accumulate; to amount to.
  3. [idiomatic, intransitive] To make sense; to be reasonable or consistent.

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Google previewChambers Dictionary Of Phrasal Verbs

add up vi (in/) to seem sensible or add together ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

enlarge, increase, lace, supplement adduce advance, allege, allude, assign, attribute, blame, cite, illustrate, implicate, imply, incriminate, introduce, maintain, offer, present, produce, propagate, propose add up amount, compute, count, imply, ...

Google previewTuttle Balinese-English Dictionary (2014)

by Norbert Shadeg

reckon up, add up, count (meték, mbilang L). ngwilang-ang trans reckon up for someone, get someone to reckon up. ngwilang-in trans reckon up numbers; fig discuss, talk over, negotiate ( metékin ...

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We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. (Marian Wright Edelman)
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