Definition of addition in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdiSH(ə)n/
(abbreviation addn.)


1The action or process of adding something to something else: the hotel has been extended with the addition of more rooms
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  • A wakeboard is similar in shape to a snowboard, with the addition of two small fins on the underside.
  • With the addition of a few commas and the striking out of the one paragraph, the deal already on the table will finally go through.
  • The colour range favours warm and tropical colours, with the addition of blue and sea green.
adding, incorporation, inclusion, introduction
1.1A person or thing added or joined, typically in order to improve something: you will find the coat a useful addition to your wardrobe
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  • With many riders returning, there are also many new promising additions to the club.
  • The intention is to add more tours to the database each year so that visitors will be able to return and catch up on the latest additions.
  • The new design was intended to create more internal space, which meant stripping away the additions at the back.
supplement, adjunct, addendum, adhesion, appendage, add-on, extra, attachment;
rider, appurtenance
2 (abbreviation addn.) The process or skill of calculating the total of two or more numbers or amounts: she began with simple arithmetic, addition and then subtraction
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  • That is addition, multiplication and the two inverse operations of subtraction and division.
  • Yet addition and also subtraction are only an extension of counting.
  • The Count Hoot section of the site helps with addition and subtraction as well.
2.1 Mathematics The process of combining matrices, vectors, or other quantities under specific rules to obtain their sum.
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  • This suggests that Component 3 is not a vector addition but could be a single component.
  • Superimposing the two logical operations we can define binary addition.
  • We were reviewing vector addition this evening at a study session.


in addition

As an extra person, thing, or circumstance: members of the board were paid a small allowance in addition to their normal salary
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  • Some employers also offer extra time off and more money for fathers in addition to SPP.
  • This is in addition to the usual information, such as the location of property lines and buildings.
  • There was fun and games and treats and these were in addition to a much enjoyed bouncy castle.
additionally, as well, what's more, furthermore, moreover, also, into the bargain, to boot, likewise
besides, as well as, along with, other than, apart from, on top of, plus, over and above, not to mention, to say nothing of


Late Middle English: from Latin additio(n-), from the verb addere (see add).

Words that rhyme with addition

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Syllabification: ad·di·tion

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