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English definition of “add up to sth”

add up to sth

(RESULT) phrasal verb with add     /æd/ verb [I or T]
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
(Definition of add up to sth (RESULT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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