Definition of tantamount in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtantəmaʊnt/


(tantamount to)
Equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as: the resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt
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  • In fact, charging people to use the road would be seen as tantamount to having an admission fee for entry to the town.
  • When he signed up for the army it was tantamount to an admission that reality had intruded on his dream.
  • Going on holiday without a school's permission is tantamount to truancy, said the junior education minister.
equivalent to, equal to, amounting to, as good as, more or less, synonymous with, virtually the same as, much the same as, comparable to, on a par with, commensurate with, along the lines of, as serious as, identical to


Mid 17th century: from the earlier verb tantamount 'amount to as much', from Italian tanto montare.

  • This comes from the Italian tanto montare ‘to amount to as much’.

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