amount to

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "amount to":
present tense I/you/we/they amount to he/she/it amounts to present participle amounting to past tense amounted to past participle amounted to
1)
a) amount to something to be the same as or equal to something else

Two dates in nine years hardly amounts to an active social life.

b) to have the same effect as something else

The court decided that the company's actions amounted to unfair dismissal.

2) amount to something to add up to a particular total

His monthly earnings amount to about £2,000.

3) not amount to much/a great deal to not be very impressive, important etc

The results of the research don't really amount to much.


English dictionary. 2014.

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