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"add up to sth" in British English

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add up to sth

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

(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.

(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.

(Definition of “add up to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"add up to sth" in Business English

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add up to sth

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

to make a particular amount:

The company's assets add up to $107bn.

to have a particular effect or result:

These changes could add up to a marked improvement for the library.

(Definition of “add up to sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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