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English definition of “add up”

add up

phrasal verb with add     /æd/ verb [T]
[T] to calculate the total of two or more prices , numbers , etc.: He quickly added up the figures in his head .
[I] to gradually increase until there is a large total : The fees were adding up.
(Definition of add up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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