\ 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 Instead, Buttigieg took advantage of the information vacuum, delivering what amounted to an Obamaesque victory speech. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Inside Acronym, the Tech Consultancy Behind the Disastrous Iowa-Caucus App," 6 Feb. 2020 If the case isn’t overturned on appeal, the FDA can stop hundreds of clinics from using what amounts to unapproved drugs. David A. Pearce, STAT, "We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics," 6 Feb. 2020 In a masterpost that started on Tumblr and is preserved on Wordpress, an anonymous user began documenting accusations against what amounted to 43 different male creators in the YouTube and online community. Kathryn Lindsay,, "YouTube’s First Big Scandal Was Cancel Culture Done Right — What Happened?," 29 Jan. 2020 Karl Menard runs what amounts to an urchin feedlot. CBS News, "New tactic in combating exploding sea urchin population," 18 Jan. 2020 On Monday, Ragnow showed what amounts to a blooper from his escapades in 2019. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Frank Ragnow shares video of falling in icy pond 'like a jackwagon'," 15 Jan. 2020 The leaders unveiled Tuesday what amounted to how-to kits that would allow mayors to follow in their footsteps by divesting from oil, natural gas and coal investments. Matt Egan, CNN, "Bill De Blasio and Sadiq Khan want your city to dump fossil fuels," 9 Jan. 2020 But the White House has offered no public evidence to justify a cavalier airstrike against a top foreign military commander to justify what amounts to an aggressive act of war. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Next Impeachable Offense is Nigh," 6 Jan. 2020 The entire fly brain would amount to 100 terabytes. Sharon Begley, STAT, "A ‘landmark’ achievement: Scientists trace full wiring diagram of the fly brain’s core," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because the Rascal Flatts projects were smaller in scope than the Toby Keith projects, authorities said, the amounts involved were smaller. Robert Anglen, USA TODAY, "Feds: Ex-mobster used Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts restaurants in nationwide fraud scheme," 8 Feb. 2020 The amount was at the midrange of market expectations. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "NASA to Review Botched Boeing Launch," 8 Feb. 2020 The man allowed police to search his car, admitting that a small amount of marijuana was inside. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man found lying on floor in Berea court; man eating pancake pulled over by police: Berea police blotter," 7 Feb. 2020 The amount for the 2019 checks is down $1,000 from the year before and reflects a drop in profits in 2019. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "UAW-Ford workers face deadline for $60,000 bonus," 6 Feb. 2020 This has great potential for future space travel, where deadly amounts of cosmic radiation are one of the big obstacles scientists must navigate in order to safely send people into outer space. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Know About This Chernobyl Fungus That Eats Radiation," 6 Feb. 2020 The amount raised at the previous Heart Ball was approximately $800,000 and the highest was $1 million. Laraib Hashmi, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County Heart Ball set to mark 25 years with ‘Gift of Time’ theme," 6 Feb. 2020 The latter amount is enough to kill more than 25 million people, based on lethal dose calculations used by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Border officers see increase in school-aged teens smuggling fentanyl in San Luis," 6 Feb. 2020 And the economic bottom line: The total contract amount of residential projects in Huntsville in 2019 was more than $184 million – a jump of 65.8 percent over 2018. Paul Gattis |, al, "By the numbers: Huntsville’s growth goes beyond just population," 5 Feb. 2020

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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

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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9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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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