\ 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 For the University System, that amounts to a $361 million cut. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia’s public universities propose cuts to meet state budget gap," 26 May 2020 For a star like the sun, that amounts to a disk with roughly 100 times the mass of Jupiter. Meredith A. Macgregor, Scientific American, "Astronomers Watch as Planets Are Born," 19 May 2020 See appealed, and among his arguments was that ordering mandatory life sentences back to back amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth Amendment. Kevin Grasha,, "Appeals court upholds sentence of 221 years plus 4 life prison terms for child rapist," 15 May 2020 In tiny Iceland, the figure is a 15.4%, but that amounts to about 54,000 tests across a population of 352,000 people. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump claims US outpaces world in coronavirus testing, but numbers tell different story," 12 May 2020 If 1 million of the county’s 10 million residents stop staying home and 5% of them are infected, that would amount to about 50,000 people infected with the coronavirus who are circulating in the community, Ferrer said. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County coronavirus cases top 30,000 as some businesses reopen," 8 May 2020 But those two mostly amounted to leverage vs. Nike for Team Ionescu. oregonlive, "Canzano: Sabrina Ionescu and Nike make it official -- look out world, it’s on," 18 Apr. 2020 In a company that employs about 25 people, that amounts to more than U.S. $10,000 a year. Marie Kondo, Marie Claire, "Marie Kondo on How to Spark Joy in Your Career," 6 Apr. 2020 By the time 143 descendants received checks from the state of Florida, the controversial action of reparations amounted to little more than a tax refund. Washington Post, "How a scholarship helped — and didn't help — descendants of victims of the 1923 Rosewood racial massacre.," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This cream from LilyAna Naturals, however, is made for daily use with a small amount of retinol that’ll improve your skin’s texture. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 skincare products with thousands of reviews—and why they're worth it," 13 May 2020 From April 27 through May 8, Texas businesses had obtained 204,000 PPP loans worth $13.8 billion had gone, with an average loan amount of $67,000. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "San Antonio’s Globalscape gives back $2M federal loan amid furor," 13 May 2020 The amount of its tax break for that period is unclear because officials did not provide a copy of the enterprise zone agreement. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "These Companies Got Millions in Tax Breaks to Bring Jobs to Youngstown. They Created Next to None.," 12 May 2020 Areas in parts of west Phoenix experienced some showers and thunderstorms early Sunday with rainfall amounts about 0.10 of an inch or less, National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark O'Malley said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Weather system cools down Phoenix, brings rain to parts of Valley," 10 May 2020 Wadi Rum is controlled by Bedouin tribes who needed a certain amount of convincing – and compensating – before outsiders were allowed in to carouse. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 The promotional value will expire at the end of 2021, but the original amount of the gift card is valid in perpetuity. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Hotels roll out new initiatives designed to boost reservations and cash flow," 6 May 2020 My little yard in Venice, California, has always provided me with just the right amount of sunshine and fresh air each day. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "6 Items T+L Editors Bought to Turn Their Backyards Into a Vacation Getaway," 5 May 2020 But some do seem to follow the pattern from this case, with dollar amounts in multiples of the $242 nightly room rate. Anchorage Daily News, "Secret Service paid Trump’s D.C. hotel more than $33,000 for lodging to guard Mnuchin in 2017," 1 May 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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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