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amount to something

 
1. Lit. [for someone or something] to become worthwhile or successful. I hope Charles amounts to something some day. I doubt that this business will ever amount to anything really profitable.
2. Fig. [for something] to be the equivalent of something. Why, doing this amounts to cheating! Your comments amount to treason.
3. and amount (up) to something [for a sum of money] to increase [to a large amount]. Is that everything you want to buy? That amounts to twenty dollars. These charges amount up to a lot.
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amount to something

to be the same as something else A decrease in student aid amounts to an increase in tuition fees. She thought he was wrong to take what amounts to a stand against greater freedom.
Related vocabulary: add up to something
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amount to

1. Add up, develop into, as in Even though she's careful with her money, her savings don't amount to much, or All parents hope that their children will amount to something. [Mid-1500s]
2. Be equivalent to, as in Twenty persons won't amount to a good turnout. [Late 1300s] Also see amount to the same thing.
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amount to

v.
1. To add up to some number or quantity: I forgot to return the DVD on time, and the late charges amounted to almost $25.
2. To be understood as something: Your behavior amounts to an insult.
3. To be as important or valuable as some level of quality: They never thought I'd amount to anything, but look at me now! The facts I have so far don't amount to much. My parents never thought I'd amount to as much as my sister.
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References in classic literature ?
Nothing that has life, either animal or vegetable as we know them, can exist without air, and it follows that nothing having life, according to our views of it, can exist in the moon:--or, if any thing having life do exist there, it must be under such modifications of all our known facts, as to amount to something like other principles of being.
If you will throw--" Wilson had thought of the girl in Tom's bedroom, and was going to say, "If you will throw the surreptitious and disreputable part of your business my way, it may amount to something," but thought better of it and said,
Those allegations amount to something more than unfounded innuendo and something less than ironclad proof.
All that, however, will amount to something yet not everything should Shields fail to overcome a tough test in the shape of Derbyshire-based North West Counties Premier double winners Glossop.
In the most sobering monologue, we learn that Donner is essentially a loser who hoped that Rudolph would amount to something, and planned to live his life vicariously through his son, until Santa took advantage of Rudolph and damaged him for life.
I shall frame the scroll and put it above my son's bed to prove I did amount to something.
We continue to watch for signs that these statements amount to something more than purely rhetorical support.
GEMINI May 21- June 21 You will need to retain your focus, if you want to amount to something in your career.
To be a business owner, you have to be motivated by the desire to have your work amount to something that is truly yours," said Galan.
By refocusing this money on job training and through other reallocations of funds, "we think we're going to be able to create a pot that should amount to something between $24 million and $32 million a year," Tennille said.
I say these things because I love Bahrain and it would be wonderful to see the Arab world amount to something, much more than our current standings in the world.
All these little challenges amount to something that, if we could pull it off, would be a fantastic honour to be part of.
s injury TEAM NEWS "Potentially, this could amount to something very, very significant.