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- (transitive, of a numerical amount) To take the sum of; to total.
- Add up the prices and find out how much it will cost.
- When they added up the vaccine doses from all known and anticipate sources, they didn't have enough.
- (intransitive) To accumulate; to amount to.
- If you can save even a couple of dollars per day, it will add up to a lot over a year.
- 2016, Christopher Walker, The First 49
- The bus wound its way up into San Marino, passing through the various small castellos that add up to form the diminutive country, […]
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To make sense; to be reasonable or consistent.
- His story just doesn't add up. Why would he have been at the restaurant the day before the event?
- (take a sum): sum up, tally; see also Thesaurus:summate
- (amount to): accrue, mount up; see also Thesaurus:accumulate
- (make sense): compute, hang together
be reasonable or consistent — see make sense