add up

add up
Date: 1850 intransitive verb 1. a. to come to the expected total <
the bill doesn't add up
b. to form an intelligible pattern ; make sense <
her story just doesn't add up
2. a. amount 1b — used with to <
the play adds up to a lot of laughs
b. to amount to a lot <
just a little each time, but it all adds up
transitive verb to form an opinion of <
added him up at a glance

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • add up — {v.} 1. To come to the correct amount. * /The numbers wouldn t add up./ 2. {informal} To make sense; be understandable. * /His story didn t add up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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