\ə-ˈmau̇nt \
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

measure, quantity, quantum, volume

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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


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

That is a minor complaint in the face of a series that gripped me from frame one, despite telling a very small, intimate story that occasionally amounts to two girls learning lessons about how the world works and little else. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 While not a lifelong ban, excommunication is a rare move that amounts to the harshest punishment available for a church member. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith," 16 Sep. 2018 Wisconsin has agreed to more than $4 billion in tax credits and other inducements over a 15-year period, subsidies that amount to thousands of dollars for every job created. Monica Davey, New York Times, "In Wisconsin Visit, Trump Cheers One Company and Criticizes Another," 28 June 2018 What then transpired might have been one of the biggest dog and pony shows that amounted to nothing. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The NBA Draft Is Over and LiAngelo Ball Is Still Without a Team," 22 June 2018 This year human services agencies were awarded $10 million, but the proposed 2019 cuts that amount to $7 million. Sharon Coolidge,, "Sittenfeld, Mann pitch ticket tax increase to help charitable organizations," 20 June 2018 Last week, a day after The Arizona Republic inquired about DCS' foster-licensing process, the agency notified Shimp she would be paid for 15½ months of care for two children, a sum that could amount to about $20,000. Arizona Republic, "The state took her foster license away. But the kids stayed with her. Why?," 19 June 2018 Alonso issued over 1,000 fake checks that amounted to over $1 million, according to a plea agreement. Nihal Kolur,, "Marlins Man Defrauded of Almost $1.5 Million by Bookeeper," 15 June 2018 By allowing practically the most hateful games imaginable on its storefront, Steam offers an implicit endorsement that amounts to much more than just a place on the digital shelf. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Op-ed: Valve takes a side by not “taking sides” in curation controversy," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Asa Mathat The Emerson Collective, the social impact firm run by Laurene Powell, is purchasing Pop-Up Magazine Productions for an undisclosed amount. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective bought Pop-Up Magazine Productions," 27 Nov. 2018 The tours will also live online for an unlimited amount of time. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Open houses become real-time design museums in Sweden," 7 Nov. 2018 That would put HP’s eye-popping claim of 22.5 hours of battery life closer to 18 hours—still a massive amount. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life," 23 Oct. 2018 The actual amount of delta that’s grown there over the course of decades is only about 6 square miles. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Explain that, please. The amount of untruthful stuff that is written is unbelievable. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Elon Musk: The Recode interview," 2 Nov. 2018 Brows were rarely talked about, much less marketed to, and the amount of help that the internet had to offer was basically none. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This One Second Trick Makes My Eyebrow Makeup Look Entirely Natural," 22 Oct. 2018 Scientists think there's a fair amount of interaction between Europa's surface and subsurface. Mike Wall,, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Alienware's m15 is just the latest to get the Biggest Loser makeover, while maintaining a decent amount of gaming cred. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with Alienware m15: The thinnest 15-inch Alienware laptop ever made," 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of amount


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


1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amount


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


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English Language Learners Definition of amount

: a quantity of something

: a quantity of money


\ə-ˈmau̇nt \
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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