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adjective [only before noun] added pronunciation in British English /ˈædɪd/
  1. 1
    present in larger amounts than usual or than expected

    Baby food should contain no added sugar or salt.

  2. 2
    an added advantage, benefit etc makes a good situation even better

    New equipment gives them an added incentive to start training again.

    an added bonus:

    I love my job. The salary is just an added bonus.

    1. a.
      an added difficulty, problem, disappointment etc makes a bad situation even worse

      The illness was an added setback to her floundering career.


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