\ 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 During oral arguments earlier this spring, both conservative and liberal justices expressed concern that Congress's arguments for subpoenaing Trump's financial records may amount to harassing a president. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Kavanaugh pushed justices to consider 'political question' doctrine to dodge Trump taxes decision: Report," 29 July 2020 With a dozen other papers in the city, no one thought the Herald would amount to much. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Political Neutrality Is What Made American Newspapers Great," 10 July 2020 Some delegates said abandoning the convention would amount to a betrayal of President Donald Trump, who has favored rallies during the coronavirus epidemic and is scheduled to accept the GOP re-nomination next month in a Florida arena. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Houston cancels in-person Texas GOP convention amid coronavirus epidemic," 8 July 2020 In all, the reductions amount to about 17% of the workforce in those units. Tara Patel,, "Air France to Cut 7,500 Jobs With Recovery Seen Years Away," 2 July 2020 But if just 10 percent of one-time commuters were to continue working from their suburban homes, and the existing laws remain unchanged, the long-term loss to the city would amount to tens of millions of dollars a year. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Working from home trend could imperil some Northeast Ohio communities," 9 June 2020 Those increases, which will amount to as much as $50 more per month, may be manageable for most middle- and upper-income families. Chris Martin,, "As heat sears US, soaring energy costs foreseen," 1 July 2020 That lesson doesn’t amount to much for the reader, though, despite all the promise of Temple’s immense talent. Washington Post, "In Emily Temple’s ‘The Lightness,’ troubled teens fall hard for the promise of spirituality," 1 July 2020 What is clear, according to advocates of police abolition, is that the systemic problems with officers like Rolfe run deep, and ultimately amount to the killing of unarmed Black men, like Rayshard Brooks. Sarah Midkiff,, "The Officer Charged With Rayshard Brooks’ Murder Has A Disturbing Disciplinary History," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But if a railroad monopoly decides to abuse its market power to take over the automotive industry, no amount of customer focus can make that OK. Walter Frick, Quartz, "Don’t buy Mark Zuckerberg’s definition of Facebook’s competition," 1 Aug. 2020 About $41 million was taken from travelers, or nearly a quarter of the amount seized nationwide, according to the report. Washington Post, "Homeland Security seized $2 billion from travelers, but most were never charged with a crime, report says," 30 July 2020 About $41 million was taken from travelers, or nearly a quarter of the amount seized nationwide, according to the report. Justin Jouvenal,, "Homeland Security seized $2 billion from travelers, but most were never charged with a crime, report says," 30 July 2020 That mantra — that no amount of preparation will account for all variables — extended far beyond the technique, recovery and film review strategies shared across two days at the Omni Hotel adjacent to Cowboys headquarters at the Star in Frisco. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Inside the NFL offensive linemen summit, where players prepare for a season of uncertainty," 14 July 2020 While a robot dolphin may seem a bit like something out of Black Mirror at first glance, the animatronic could be a good way for people to experience sea life while also cutting down on the amount of animals in captivity. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "These $26 Million Robot Dolphins May Be the Future of Aquariums," 13 July 2020 No amount of your defiance is going to re-open the country completely or get every child back in school. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Mask defiance isn't bringing college football back on Saturdays," 9 July 2020 And each of those teams, along with the rest of the small businesses granted relief, can have those loans forgiven if at least 60% of the amount is used on payroll payments. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "8 IndyCar teams approved for millions in federal PPP loans for COVID-19 relief," 8 July 2020 The disagreement hinges on the amount of federal CARES Act money public school districts must share with nearby private schools. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Michigan and four states sue Betsy DeVos over federal school aid rule," 8 July 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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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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