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Definition of "add up" [add up]

  • To take a sum. (verb)
  • To accumulate; to amount to. (verb)
  • To make sense; to be reasonable or consistent. (verb) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "add up" in a sentence
  • "Each individual study might have been, in the words of Vanderbilt Department of Preventive Medicine chair William Schaffner, “imperfect,” but together they formed “a whole mosaic of studies . . . that all add up to this theme: thimerosal is not the culprit.”"
  • "Unless the Spirit of Jesus empowers and protects us, all our attempts at righteousness will add up to just a heap of filthy rags."
  • "Ten-dollar blackjack bets are pretty safe, and wins can add up quickly."