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amount to sth

verb uk phrasal verb with amount   /əˈmaʊnt/ us  

(ADD UP TO)

to become a particular amount: The annual cost of income support to single parents amounted to £700 million in that year.

(BE)

to be the same as something, or to have the same effect as something: His behaviour amounted to serious professional misconduct. He gave what amounted to an apology on behalf of his company.
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