verb (used without object)
Origin of amount
Can be confusedamount number (see usage note at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for amounts
To McCain, that amounts to an American alliance with those countries, whether that was intentional or not.
Let us citizens stress this and once again do nothing or so little that it amounts to nothing.
The same goes for generalized “rules” you might hear about frequency and amounts.A Runner’s Guide to Hydration (And How to Not Overdo It)|DailyBurn|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes this amounts to nothing more than pressuring friends into listening to a song we desperately love.The ‘SNL’ Race Controversy: Why Leslie Jones Can Say What She Likes|Phoebe Robinson|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All this, says the American former diplomat, amounts to a “day-by-day divestiture of government authority.”
Then there are flowers,or weeds in bloom; it amounts to the same thing,and no one scolds if you pick them.In Wild Rose Time|Amanda M. Douglas
There is an expression that amounts to agony in her beautiful eyes.Mrs. Geoffrey|Duchess
It's meself that's been arristed, or it amounts to about the same thing.That Old-Time Child, Roberta|Sophie Fox Sea
He wears soft raiment and lives in kings' houses, or what amounts to the same thing.August First|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
The cotton shipped at this place annually amounts to about one hundred thousand bales.History of American Abolitionism|F. G. De Fontaine