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1. To become (successful). Almost always used in the phrases "amount to anything" or "amount to something," which both mean the same thing. He got arrested so much as a teenager that I never thought he would amount to anything, but look at him now—he's an accomplished musician! When will this play amount to something? It has yet to get one positive review!
2. To be equated with or judged the same as something else. Copying another person's words like this amounts to plagiarism, Susie, and I have to report it to the dean.
3. To be a certain total. My tips this week only amount to $40.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Writing out on note paper in his minute hand all that he owed, he added up the amount and found that his debts amounted to seventeen thousand and some odd hundreds, which he left out for the sake of clearness.
Her public contributions amounted to the sum of 216,000 florins-- a perfect godsend.
The sum amounted to a little over twelve thousand dollars.
He waved his hands like a man of the world, who dismisses religion and philosophy, and says "Fudge." He had certainly seen everything and with each curl of his lip, he declared that it amounted to nothing.
Well, Scotland and Ireland were tributary to Arthur, and the united popu- lations of the British Islands amounted to something less than 1,OOO,OOO.
Halfacre's bonds, notes, mortgages, and other liabilities, making a sum total that amounted to the odd six hundred thousand dollars; this still left him, however, a handsome paper balance of two millions.
In a press statement, the ministry said that the weight of domestic and foreign gold tag amounted to about 2.8 tons received fees estimated at KD 125,3 thousand (USD 410 thousand).
Muscat, Oct 1 (ONA) The number of subsidized housing loans approved by the Oman Housing Bank (OHB) in the period from January 1st to August 31st, 2013 was 1885 loans to citizens in various governorates across the Sultanate, amounted to RO 73,154,300.