amount

verb
\ 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.

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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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 Rokita and the attorneys general said in their lawsuit that those requirements could amount to nearly $10 trillion in government spending, based on social cost estimates published by the Biden administration. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana AG Todd Rokita files brief to stop California cities from setting climate policy," 22 Mar. 2021 McDowell said that the cost to update could amount to as much as $70,000 a week. Michael Knight, The Arizona Republic, "Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell of Glendale should get huge ovation at Phoenix Raceway," 11 Mar. 2021 Tokyo organizers estimate the postponement could amount to roughly $2.8 billion in additional costs — and that's on top of initial estimates that were already growing. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Yes, there will be an Olympics in 2021, organizers say. Here's what they will look like," 30 Dec. 2020 The person and others briefed on the matter said the breach could amount to one of the most significant national security failures in years. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Suspected Russian Hack Said to Have Gone Undetected for Months," 15 Dec. 2020 In another perfume that would amount to a heady, hedonistic journey, but the Bond version is cool and crisp. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Spring’s Best Fragrances Are Big on Personality," 8 Apr. 2021 Ethiopia is facing a raft of intense scrutiny over human rights violations that may amount to war crimes in Tigray. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "US looking into reports of Ethiopian military executing unarmed men after CNN investigation," 6 Apr. 2021 The expansion, which will go into effect Tuesday, comes before an anticipated increase in the state’s weekly allotment that will amount to about 424,000 doses delivered to Minnesota in early April, according to Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing home isolation, Oahu weddings, eligibility rolls: News from around our 50 states," 29 Mar. 2021 The expansion, which will go into effect Tuesday, comes before an anticipated increase in the state's weekly allotment that will amount to around 424,000 doses delivered to Minnesota in early April, according to Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Walz expands vaccine eligibility before boost to supply," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mercedes had planned to produce 100 examples but ended up building less than a tenth of that amount. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "This 1-of-9 Mercedes-Benz EV From 2013 Presaged the Electric Revolution. Now It’s Up for Sale.," 28 Apr. 2021 That amount is quadruple what the office had originally requested for next fiscal year, documents from the city’s budget office show. oregonlive, "Portland plan to stem bloody shooting surge will take effect slowly while rampant gun violence persists," 28 Apr. 2021 That amount is equal to 1.45 percent of her annual salary, or $2,444 with her current salary. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board votes 3-2 to keep Joelle Magyar as superintendent," 27 Apr. 2021 Somewhat less than half of that amount has been reprocessed, mainly by France, India, Russia and the UK, although a number of other countries have reprocessed in the past. James Conca, Forbes, "Do New Nuclear Reactor Designs Change The Nuclear Waste Issue?," 27 Apr. 2021 If the down payment exceeds that amount, wiring the money is the only option. Zina Kumok, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Avoid Down Payment Scams," 27 Apr. 2021 Beef, by comparison, produces over 100 times that amount of carbon dioxide per kilogram. Ute Eberle, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Surprising Success Story of Fish Sticks," 26 Apr. 2021 But that amount was 28.2% lower than what was available in March 2020. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "U.S. Existing-Home Prices Climb on Tight Supply," 22 Apr. 2021 According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 41 million tons of food waste were generated by Americans in 2017 alone, with just over 6 percent of that amount used for composting and 18 percent as combustion for energy recovery programs. Washington Post, "How to start composting at home, even if you don’t have a yard," 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of amount

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for amount

Verb

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.

Noun

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.

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

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30 Apr 2021

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“Amount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amount. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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.

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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