\ ə-ˈmau̇nt How to pronounce amount (audio) \
amounted; amounting; amounts

Definition of amount

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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]
2 : to reach a total : add up The bill amounts to $10.



Definition of amount (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : the whole effect, significance, or import
3 accounting : a principal sum and the interest on it

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Synonyms for amount

Synonyms: Noun

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Amount vs. Number: Usage Guide


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

Noun The drug is not being produced in adequate amounts. What is the amount to be paid? An amount was finally agreed upon. The new law limits the amount a candidate can spend. When he died we found he owed money to the amount of $250,000!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the University System, that amounts to a $361 million cut. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia’s public universities propose cuts to meet state budget gap," 26 May 2020 For a star like the sun, that amounts to a disk with roughly 100 times the mass of Jupiter. Meredith A. Macgregor, Scientific American, "Astronomers Watch as Planets Are Born," 19 May 2020 See appealed, and among his arguments was that ordering mandatory life sentences back to back amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth Amendment. Kevin Grasha,, "Appeals court upholds sentence of 221 years plus 4 life prison terms for child rapist," 15 May 2020 In tiny Iceland, the figure is a 15.4%, but that amounts to about 54,000 tests across a population of 352,000 people. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump claims US outpaces world in coronavirus testing, but numbers tell different story," 12 May 2020 If 1 million of the county’s 10 million residents stop staying home and 5% of them are infected, that would amount to about 50,000 people infected with the coronavirus who are circulating in the community, Ferrer said. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County coronavirus cases top 30,000 as some businesses reopen," 8 May 2020 But those two mostly amounted to leverage vs. Nike for Team Ionescu. oregonlive, "Canzano: Sabrina Ionescu and Nike make it official -- look out world, it’s on," 18 Apr. 2020 In a company that employs about 25 people, that amounts to more than U.S. $10,000 a year. Marie Kondo, Marie Claire, "Marie Kondo on How to Spark Joy in Your Career," 6 Apr. 2020 By the time 143 descendants received checks from the state of Florida, the controversial action of reparations amounted to little more than a tax refund. Washington Post, "How a scholarship helped — and didn't help — descendants of victims of the 1923 Rosewood racial massacre.," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ottawa’s plan had been to reduce the amount of people receiving CERB while simultaneously increasing the number of companies using the wage subsidy. Kait Bolongaro,, "Canada Cuts Projected Cost for Wage Subsidy Program," 29 May 2020 Ray’s has seen a similar spike in the amount of waste being generated, said general manager Calvin Davidson. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Recycling contamination up 40% in Marion County as Hoosiers make more waste at home," 28 May 2020 Because cooked lentils are already hydrated, start by reducing the amount of liquid by half. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "How I Turn One Batch of Lentils Into a Week of Distinct Meals," 27 May 2020 The severity of the bloom depends on the amount of phosphorus that flows from the Maumee River into the lake between March and July. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Lake Erie harmful algal bloom is expected to be smaller and less severe in 2020," 27 May 2020 However, any such power may be tempered by the temporary additional federal unemployment benefits in the CARE package that, alone, amount to around $2,400 month. Jason Ward For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Sharing your job with a coworker could help prevent more mass layoffs," 26 May 2020 Some of them consume sinking carbon particles, reducing the amount of marine snowfall. Ken Buesseler, The Conversation, "Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought," 21 May 2020 Holton: We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of carryout/delivery business. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Should carryout dining be the new normal? These Germantown restaurants weigh their options," 19 May 2020 Reorganization of the debts of a municipality is typically accomplished either by extending debt maturities, reducing the amount of principal or interest, or refinancing the debt by obtaining a new loan. al, "City of Fairfield files for bankruptcy," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of amount


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amount

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of amount was in the 14th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amount

: a quantity of something
: a quantity of money


\ ə-ˈmau̇nt How to pronounce amount (audio) \
amounted; amounting

Kids Definition of amount

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to add up The bill amounted to ten dollars.
2 : to be the same in meaning or effect Giving up would amount to failure.



Kids Definition of amount (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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