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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 treasonb :  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.

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Origin and Etymology of amount

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


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amount

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Definition of amount

  1. 1a :  the total number or quantity :  aggregate trying to figure the amount of time it will takeb :  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!

Recent Examples of amount from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of amount

see 1amount



AMOUNT Defined for English Language Learners

amount

noun

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

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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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noun

Definition of amount for Students

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



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