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English definition of “amount to sth”

amount to sth

(BE) phrasal verb with amount     /əˈmaʊnt/ verb
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.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
(Definition of amount to sth (BE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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