- 1 to add up to something; to make something as a total His earnings are said to amount to £300 000 per annum. They gave me some help in the beginning but it did not amount to much (= they did not give me much help).
- 2to be equal to or the same as something Her answer amounted to a complete refusal. Their actions amount to a breach of contract. It'll cost a lot—well, take a lot of time, but it amounts to the same thing.