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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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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

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 ?
Passing over the difference between the smallest and largest States, as Delaware, whose most numerous branch consists of twenty-one representatives, and Massachusetts, where it amounts to between three and four hundred, a very considerable difference is observable among States nearly equal in population.
On the subject of the liberty of the press, as much as has been said, I cannot forbear adding a remark or two: in the first place, I observe, that there is not a syllable concerning it in the constitution of this State; in the next, I contend, that whatever has been said about it in that of any other State, amounts to nothing.
In these they engage with an eagerness that amounts to infatuation.
Making a nondeductible contribution for 2006 by April 15, 2007, up to de maximum of $4,000 per taxpayer ($5,000 for those 50 or older), enables u taxpayer to roll over such amounts to a Roth IRA in 2010.
TEI believes it would be more appropriate to treat amounts allocated to restrictive covenants in connection with the sale of shares of a corporation (or an interest in a partnership) carrying on a business as additional proceeds on the shares (or partnership interest) rather than deeming such amounts to be on income account from a separate source.
Thus, unless a company has a preponderance of employees with under five years of service, the additional vesting will not cost much, though extra administration will be involved in computing the small amounts to be vested.
Entities emerging from reorganization that don't qualify for fresh start reporting should report the amounts of liabilities compromised at present values of amounts to be paid, determined at appropriate interest rates.
The report also states that earnings on compensation that is deferred prior to January 1, 2005, will not be subject to section 409A if the deferred amounts to which the earnings relate are not subject to the new provision.
Settlement proceeds can be allocated to a number of categories without creating wages to the recipient, yet creating deductible amounts to the payer.
Similarly, if there are no future deductible amounts and there are sufficient future taxable amounts to use a net operating loss or tax credit carryforward before the carryforward period expires, it may not be necessary to schedule the future taxable amounts that would be offset by the net operating loss carryforward.
If such amount is more than the amount that would have resulted under the actual-experience method, the taxpayer must change its accounting method for uncollectible amounts to a method that will clearly reflect its NAE.
The employer applies the salary reduction amounts to the payment of the group health insurance policy during the year.
The CRT will pay annual unitrust amounts to Trust B for the life of C, who is financially disabled.
When further events must occur before a liability is fixed, an accrual amounts to nothing more than a non-deductible reserve (in the absence of specific statutory provisions providing otherwise).