Meaning of “add up” in the English Dictionary

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"add up" in American English

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add up

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

(INCREASE)

to increase gradually until there is a large amount:

The changes in air quality are small, but after a while they do add up and affect people's health.

add up

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

(BE REASONABLE)

to seem reasonable or likely:

Watson claimed he was at home at the time of the murder, but police said his story didn't add up.

(Definition of “add up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"add up" in Business English

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add up

phrasal verb with add uk /æd/ us 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)