Meaning of “additive” in the English Dictionary

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"additive" in British English

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additivenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæd.ɪ.tɪv/ us /ˈæd.ə.t̬ɪv/

a substance that is added to food in order to improve its taste or appearance or to keep it fresh and stop it from decaying:

food additives
This margarine is full of additives - just look at the label!

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

"additive" in American English

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additivenoun [ C ]

us /ˈæd·ə·t̬ɪv/

something added to a substance, esp. food, to improve it or to preserve it:

Additives keep certain foods fresh.
This paint has an additive that keeps mold from growing on it.

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