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amount to

Meaning: to be similar to, or to have the same effect as

Synonym: constitute

For example:

  • amount to Does having two CDs released in ten years amount to a successful career as a musician?

  • amount to The government calls the killing of innocent people by the military "collateral damage", but Mike says in many cases it amounts to nothing less than murder.

Quick Quiz:

Some people say that giving children too much food, especially unhealthy processed food that makes them fat, amounts to a form of
  1. child care
  2. child abuse
  3. child education

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