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English definition of “add up to sth”

add up to sth

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with add   /æd/ us  

(AMOUNT)

to become a particular amount: The various building programmes add up to several thousand new homes. We thought we'd bought lots of food, but it didn't add up to much when we'd spread it out on the table.Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying

(RESULT)

to have a particular result or effect: It all added up to a lot of hard work for all of us. Their proposals do not add up to any real help for the poor.Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
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