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amount

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verb \ə-ˈmau̇nt\

Definition of amount

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to be the same in meaning or effect as <acts that amount to treason>b :  to reach in kind or quality :  to turn out to be <wanted her son to amount to something [=to be successful]> <The changes don't really amount to much. [=are not really substantial or significant]>

  3. 2 :  to reach a total :  add up <The bill amounts to $10.>

Origin and Etymology of amount

Middle English, from Anglo-French amounter, from amount upward, from a- (from Latin ad-) + mont mountain — more at mount


First Known Use: 14th century


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amount

noun

Definition of amount

  1. 1a :  the total number or quantity :  aggregate <trying to figure the amount of time it will take>b :  the quantity at hand or under consideration <has an enormous amount of energy>

  2. 2 :  the whole effect, significance, or import

  3. 3 accounting :  a principal sum and the interest on it

amount vs. number

Number is regularly used with count nouns <a large number of mistakes> <any number of times> while amount is mainly used with mass nouns <annual amount of rainfall> <a substantial amount of money>. The use of amount with count nouns has been frequently criticized; it usually occurs when the number of things is thought of as a mass or collection <glad to furnish any amount of black pebbles — New Yorker> <a substantial amount of film offers — Lily Tomlin> or when money is involved <a substantial amount of loans — E. R. Black>.

Examples of amount in a sentence

  1. The drug is not being produced in adequate amounts.

  2. What is the amount to be paid?

  3. An amount was finally agreed upon.

  4. The new law limits the amount a candidate can spend.

  5. When he died we found he owed money to the amount of $250,000!

Origin and Etymology of amount

see 1amount


First Known Use: 1586



AMOUNT Defined for English Language Learners


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amount

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Definition of amount for English Language Learners

  • : a quantity of something

  • : a quantity of money


AMOUNT Defined for Kids

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amount

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verb \ə-ˈmau̇nt\

Definition of amount for Students

amounted

amounting

  1. 1 :  to add up <The bill amounted to ten dollars.>

  2. 2 :  to be the same in meaning or effect <Giving up would amount to failure.>


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amount

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Definition of amount for Students

  1. :  the total number or quantity <Add a small amount of salt.>



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