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amounted; amounting; amounts

intransitive verb

: to be the same in meaning or effect as
acts that amount to treason
: 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]
: to reach a total : add up
The bill amounts to $10.


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: the total number or quantity : aggregate
trying to figure the amount of time it will take
: the quantity at hand or under consideration
has an enormous amount of energy
: the whole effect, significance, or import
accounting : a principal sum and the interest on it
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!
Recent Examples on the Web
New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2024 New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2024 Companies that sell short-term plans must also provide consumers with a disclaimer detailing the limits of services and amounts the plans cover. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 PepsiCo’s business in Europe accounts for about 14 percent of its global revenue, amounting at about $9 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 The dollar amounts vary each year, depending on how much revenue the cap and trade programs generate. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2024 In January 2024, a federal judge released the appraisal amounts for the four roads, which totaled about $79,000. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024
The arm cuffs are elastic for a lantern design that looks so stylish, and the slight V-neck shows a subtle amount of skin. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2024 In addition, a refund amount may differ if the IRS changes your return for other reasons, such as a math error. The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2024 After that first year, borrowers may have up to 30 years to pay off the loan, though the SBA sets the repayment amount and timeline based on each borrower’s ability to repay. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 Knoxville, Tennessee; Syracuse, New York; and Orlando, Florida, consume a disproportionate amount of ketchup, Heinz reports. Michael Loria, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 New rainfall amounts will be less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2024 From barbeque sauce to beef jerky, check out these 9 normally sweet products that scaled back on the amount of grams of sugar (no alternative sweeteners necessary). Jessie Shafer, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2024 For about the same amount of time, DEI has gotten pushback from conservatives and Republicans. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2024 More worryingly, some users report their accounts being deactivated with large amounts of earnings yet to be paid out. Will Henshall, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History



Middle English amounten "to mount (a horse), increase, (of a sum, period of time) add up (to), come (to), be worth, be equal (to)," borrowed from Anglo-French amunter, amounter (continental Old French amonter) "to rise, increase, be worth, add up (to)," derivative of amunt, amount (continental Old French amont) "above, upward," univerbation of the adverbial phrase a mont "upward," literally "to the mountain," from a "to" (going back to Latin ad) + mont "mountain," going back to Latin mont-, mons — more at ad-, mount entry 1

Note: Alternatively Old French and Anglo-French amunter, amonter could be taken as a derivative of munter, monter "to mount" (see mount entry 2) with the prefix a-, usually forming transitive verbs. Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch lists the verb under both the etymon mons and *montare.


Middle English amunte, borrowed from Anglo-French, noun derivative of amunter "to rise, increase, be worth, add up (to)" — more at amount entry 1

Note: The noun is sparsely attested in Middle English and Anglo-French, and the post-medieval English noun should probably be taken as directly derived from the verb amount entry 1.

First Known Use


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


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

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

Dictionary Entries Near amount

Cite this Entry

“Amount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to add up
the bill amounted to ten dollars
: to be the same in meaning or effect
acts that amount to treason


2 of 2 noun
: the total number or quantity : aggregate
the amount to be paid
: a given or particular quantity or number
add the same amount to both columns

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