amount

verb
\ 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.

amount

noun

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

Noun

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

Drivers also acknowledge that because the ride prices are often so low—sometimes a percentage like 18 percent won’t amount to enough. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "You're Probably Not Tipping Your Uber Driver Enough," 12 Dec. 2018 Opponents say changing the law would amount to a giveaway to power companies. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDG&E awards $1M to groups fighting wildfires," 12 July 2018 Left-wing human rights groups have argued that the removal of the village may amount to a war crime. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 2018 While denying that the communications amounted to a violation of the Brown Act, MWD scheduled another vote. Bettina Boxall, latimes.com, "Metropolitan Water District again approves delta tunnel funding," 11 July 2018 Van Houten said that additional costs for exports from its babycare products factory in the U.K., under any scenario that does not maintain the single customs union, would amount to the high single-digits as a percentage of sales. Fortune, "Philips Might Move Production Out of U.K.," 7 July 2018 The administration has long argued that releasing asylum-seekers who cross the border illegally amounts to catch-and-release and results in many not showing up for their court hearings. Astrid Galvan, chicagotribune.com, "Justice Department argues that order to reunite immigrant families allows for their detentions," 29 June 2018 Bithlo residents and others fear the state’s concept would amount to a concrete wall that severs the unincorporated community of nearly 10,000 residents. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida toll-road operator to approve $678 million expressway across Bithlo, then shelve the plan," 29 June 2018 Though New Jersey is a Democratic state, veteran legislators worry that Murphy’s plan would amount to an over-correction to Christie’s austerity. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Democrats have one-party rule in Trenton. Why can't they agree on taxes?," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Interestingly, while people are using cash less frequently, the actual amount of cash in circulation has increased. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 The website’s Growing Library is a storehouse of videos and gardening information, including tips on maintaining high tunnels and calculators for seed amounts and scheduling. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 There are established standards, but no specific legal requirements for the quality of food, amount of space per person, or facilities, according to Dicker. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "What Really Happens Inside American Immigration Facilities and Detention Centers," 14 Jan. 2019 The season of Lent lasts 40 days to represent the amount of time Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and preparing for his ministry. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 In two years, Snap managed to go from unstoppable to forgettable – and no amount of Evan Spiegel trash talking his rivals will bring Snap back to its heyday. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Snap," 27 Dec. 2018 The exterior also integrates a grid of solar panels that generates 9,000 kWh per year, about triple the amount of energy needed to power the home. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 And as previously mentioned, zoning laws in your area may have rules regarding the amount of land that can be covered by a structure. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 13 Dec. 2018 His quanta effectively capped the amount of energy that heated objects could release at any temperature. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of amount

Verb

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

Noun

1586, 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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More Definitions for amount

amount

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amount

: a quantity of something
: a quantity of money

amount

verb
\ 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.

amount

noun

Kids Definition of amount (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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