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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: amonter, from amont 'upward', from mont 'mountain'

amount

2 verb
     
amount2

amount to something

phrasal verb
1 if figures, sums etc amount to a particular total, they equal that total when they are added together:
Time lost through illness amounted to 1,357 working days.
2 if an attitude, remark, situation etc amounts to something, it has the same effect:
The court's decision amounts to a not guilty verdict.
Ultimately, their ideas amount to the same thing.
3

not amount to much/anything/a great deal etc

to not be important, valuable, or successful:
Her academic achievements don't amount to much.
Jim's never going to amount to much.

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