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verb amount pronunciation in British English /əˈmaʊnt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleamounting
past tenseamounted
past participleamounted
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phrasal verb

amount to

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyamount to
he/she/itamounts to
present participleamounting to
past tenseamounted to
past participleamounted to
  1. 1
    amount to something to be the same as or equal to something else
    Two dates in nine years hardly amounts to an active social life.
    1. a.
      to have the same effect as something else
      The court decided that the company’s actions amounted to unfair dismissal.
  2. 2
    amount to something to add up to a particular total
    His monthly earnings amount to about £2,000.
  3. 3
    not amount to much/a great deal to not be very impressive, important etc
    The results of the research don’t really amount to much.


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