A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad]
    • /æd/
    • /æd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad]
    • /æd/

Definitions of adding word

  • noun adding an act or instance of addition 3
  • adjective adding of, for, or relating to addition 3
  • adjective adding (in systemic grammar) denoting a bound clause that qualifies the meaning of an antecedent noun rather than of the sentence as a whole 3
  • verb with object adding 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 adding to find the sum of (often followed by up): Add this column of figures. Add up the grocery bills. 1
  • verb with object adding to say or write further. 1

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Origin of adding

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 Adding


adding 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".

adding usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adding

noun adding

  • addition — An addition to something is a thing which is added to it.
  • totaling — constituting or comprising the whole; entire; whole: the total expenditure.
  • toting — the act or course of toting.
  • calculation — A calculation is something that you think about and work out mathematically. Calculation is the process of working something out mathematically.
  • count — A Count is a European nobleman with the same rank as an English earl.

Top questions with adding

  • who invented the adding machine?

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