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Definitions

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add up
     1. v. To take a sum.
           Add up the prices and find out how much it will cost.
     2. v. (intransitive) To accumulate; to amount to.
           If you can save even a couple of dollars per day, it will add up to a lot over a year.
     3. v. (idiomatic, intransitive) To make sense; to be reasonable or consistent.
           His story just doesn't add up. Why would he have been at the restaurant the day before the event?
Analysis
add
     1. v. To join or unite (e.g. one thing to another, or as several particulars) so as to increase the number, augment the quantity or enlarge the magnitude, or so as to form into one aggregate.
     2. v. To sum up; to put together mentally.
           to add numbers
     3. v. To combine elements of (something) into one quantity.
           to add a column of numbers
up
     1. adv. Away from the surface of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.
           I looked up and saw the airplane overhead.
     2. adv. (intensifier) Used as an aspect marker to indicate a completed action or state Thoroughly, completely.
           I will mix up the puzzle pieces.
           Tear up the contract.

Example Sentences

It just didn't add up
In short, all these surveys add up to a contradictory mess. 

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