Meaning of “add (sth) up” in the English Dictionary

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"add (sth) up" in British English

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add (sth) up

phrasal verb with add uk /æd/ us /æd/ verb [ I or T ]

B1 to calculate the total of two or more numbers:

If you add those four figures up, it comes to over £1,500.
She added the bill up.
I'm not very good at adding up!

More examples

  • I get a different answer each time I add these figures up.
  • She was trying to add up the prices of all the items in her basket.
  • If you buy three packets, it adds up to a total of $18.
  • Cinema tickets, drinks, snacks - it all adds up to a lot a money.
  • The lady who works in the post office is very good at adding up numbers.

(Definition of “add (sth) up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)