add up to

add up to
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad uhp too]
    • /æd ʌp tu/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad uhp too]
    • /æd ʌp tu/

Definitions of add up to words

  • phrasal verb add up to If amounts add up to a particular total, they result in that total when they are put together. 3
  • noun add up to to reach a total of 3
  • noun add up to to mean; signify 3
  • verb with object add up to to unite or join so as to increase the number, quantity, size, or importance: to add two cups of sugar; to add a postscript to her letter; to add insult to injury. 1
  • verb with object add up to to find the sum of (often followed by up): Add this column of figures. Add up the grocery bills. 1
  • verb with object add up to to say or write further. 1

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Origin of add up to

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English adden < Latin addere, equivalent to ad- ad- + -dere to put (combining form; see do1)

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Parts of speech for Add up to


add up to popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

add up to usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for add up to

verb add up to

  • spell — to take the place of for a time; relieve: Let me spell you at the wheel.
  • amount to — If you say that one thing amounts to something else, you consider the first thing to be the same as the second thing.

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