Amount definition

ə-mount
A number; a sum.
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The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
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To be equivalent or tantamount.

Accusations that amount to an indictment.

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To be equal (to) in meaning, value, or effect.

Her failure to reply amounts to a refusal.

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To add up in import or effect.

That plan will never amount to anything.

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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.

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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.

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A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
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To add up in number or quantity.

The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.

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Quantity.

A great amount of intelligence.

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The sum of two or more quantities; total.
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A quantity.

A fair amount of resistance.

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Pour a small amount of water into the dish.

The dogs need different amounts of food.

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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.

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(nonstandard, sometimes proscribed) The number (the sum) of elements in a set.
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(intransitive, followed by to) To total or evaluate.

It amounts to three dollars and change.

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(intransitive, followed by to) To be the same as or equivalent to.

He was a pretty good student, but never amounted to much professionally.

His response amounted to gross insubordination.

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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.

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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.

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The full effect or meaning; import.
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To add up (to); equal in total.

The bill amounts to $4.50

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The whole meaning, value, or effect.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
amount
Plural:
amounts

Origin of amount

  • From Middle English amounten to ascend from Old French amonter from amont upward from Latin ad montem to the hill ad to ad- in Indo-European roots mōns mont- hill men-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary