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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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

Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient economies in American history. CBS News, "How Trump's tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt the U.S. economy," 6 June 2019 Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient economies in American history. Paul Wisemand And Joyce M. Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "How Trump's tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt the U.S. economy," 6 June 2019 For the court, this amounts to embezzlement, which has irreparably damaged the project and the community. miamiherald, "Haiti president accused of embezzlement scheme in government audit of Venezuela aid money," 4 June 2019 An economic zone linking Nanning, a poor provincial capital, to Haikou, a port on Hainan island, some 500km and a ferry crossing away, is unlikely to amount to much. The Economist, "China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions," 21 June 2018 The cuts would amount to about 6% of the brand’s domestic workforce of 119,394 employees. ... William Boston, WSJ, "VW Slashes 7,000 Jobs to Refocus on Electric Cars," 13 Mar. 2019 Mandating extensive data-sharing would amount to expropriation. The Economist, "The art of the possibleThere is no single solution to making the internet more decentralised," 28 June 2018 According to a cost-of-living calculator at the American Institute for Economic Research, that would amount to a little more than $29 million by today’s standards. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "This Dearborn high school looks like a castle," 27 June 2018 Together, those two steps would have effectively amounted to a total ban of data brokers from the site. NBC News, "Facebook releases new privacy safeguards on how advertisers handle data," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The total amount set aside for the raises by the board for administrators was $77,000, and no one employee is eligible for a raise of more than 4 percent, the board decided. Heather Cherone, chicagotribune.com, "District 64 officials get first look at new budget," 13 June 2019 Attorneys have yet to calculate what that amount could be. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Judge doubles award to pair who sued Chagrin Falls nanny school over sex abuse cover-up," 11 June 2019 Reclaim our value': More older women are returning to work, rebuilding savings and a professional identity The amount is unprecedented for divorce financial compensation, elDial.com reported. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "A lost career, household chores and divorce: Why a court ordered a man to pay $179K to his ex-wife," 11 June 2019 The amount of media members ahead of the Red Sox-Rangers series opener was about twice that for a typical game. Nick Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "Inside the Red Sox clubhouse, fond memories of David Ortiz ease the pain," 10 June 2019 Second, the amount of corporate debt a company can sustain is now likely higher than during most of the post-World War II period. Daan Struyven For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Corporate debt is rising, but it's safer than it looks," 10 June 2019 Radiocarbon dating used to require samples in the region of tens of grams, but advances in scientific methods mean the amount of test material required is being dramatically reduced. The Economist, "Researchers find a way to use minute samples to detect forged paintings," 8 June 2019 The amount of restitution is unknown at this time, but is expected to be significant. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds," 7 June 2019 The amount of distressing information in the report is overwhelming, but there is an easy way for animal lovers, who also love to travel, to take action. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Neglectful Sanctuaries and Poached Animals: New Report Reveals the Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism," 7 June 2019

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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 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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