- The definition of amount means how much you have, or the entire mass of something.
A person who has one million dollars is an example of someone who has a large amount of money.
- Amount is the combination of two or more numbers.
The cost of groceries that you are buying plus the tax is an example of the amount you have to pay.
- Amount is defined as to add up to a total.
The bill for four people at a restaurant that is 50 dollars is an example of the costs of four meals that amount to 50 dollars.
- Amount means to change into something better as you age.
Telling a child that a college education will bring success is an example of telling a child that he will amount to a successful person.
- to add up (to); equal in total: the bill amounts to $4.50
- to be equal (to) in meaning, value, or effect: her failure to reply amounts to a refusal
Origin of amountMiddle English amounten, to ascend from Old French amonter from amont, upward from a- (L ad), to + mont from Classical Latin montem, accusative singular of mons, mountain
- the sum of two or more quantities; total
- the whole meaning, value, or effect
- a quantity: a fair amount of resistance
- The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
- A number; a sum.
- A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
- The full effect or meaning; import.
- Quantity: a great amount of intelligence.
intransitive verba·mount·ed, a·mount·ing, a·mounts
- To add up in number or quantity: The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.
- To add up in import or effect: That plan will never amount to anything.
- To be equivalent or tantamount: accusations that amount to an indictment.
Origin of amountFrom Middle English amounten to ascend from Old French amonter from amont upward from Latin ad montem to the hill ad to ; see ad- in Indo-European roots. mōns mont- hill ; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
- The total, aggregate or sum of material (not applicable to discrete numbers or units or items in standard English).
- The amount of atmospheric pollution threatens a health crisis.
- A quantity or volume.
- Pour a small amount of water into the dish.
- The dogs need different amounts of food.
- (nonstandard, sometimes proscribed) The number (the sum) of elements in a set.
(third-person singular simple present amounts, present participle amounting, simple past and past participle amounted)
From Middle English amounten (“to mount up to, come up to, signify”), from Old French amonter (“to amount to”), from amont, amunt (“uphill, upward”), from the prepositional phrase a mont (“toward or to a mountain or heap”), from Latin ad montem, from ad (“to”) + montem, accusative of mons (“mountain”).