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  1. 1
    [transitive] to put something with another thing or group of things

    When the sauce is thick, add the cheese.

    add something to something:

    They’ve added two major companies to their impressive list of clients.

    Here’s another doll to add to your collection.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to put numbers or amounts together to calculate their total

    What do you get if you add 75 and 63?

    children who already know how to add and subtract

  3. 3
    [transitive] to give something an extra quality

    The Italian chairs add a touch of elegance.

    add something to something:

    Add some sparkle to a black dress with a brightly coloured scarf.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to say something more that is related to what has been said already

    ‘Don’t worry,’ Jenny added hastily.

    add (that):

    I should add that I am not happy about this decision.

    add to:

    Add to that the fact that she’s incredibly wealthy, and it just doesn’t make sense.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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