\ 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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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 The National Motorists Association argues that tolls amount to double taxation on roads, which are supposed to be paid for by gasoline taxes. Elaine S. Povich, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 There are about 4 million babies born each year in the U.S., so this investment would amount to $40 billion annually. Sarah Keohane Williamson, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Their lawyers argued that the Japanese justice system was inhumane and their treatment in jail would amount to torture. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 Our society is hugely dependent on satellite communications and the consequences could amount to a kind of shutdown with no quick fix. Star Tribune, 22 Dec. 2020 The rain will be heavy at times and will amount to 1-2 inches. Christine Dempsey,, 28 Oct. 2020 President Biden last week asked Cardona to explore possible legal action, prompting the department to examine whether the policies could amount to civil rights violations., 30 Aug. 2021 Lovullo noted that regular playing time for the rest of the season could amount to another 75-100 at-bats per player, which would represent valuable evaluation opportunities for the organization heading into the offseason. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 Some Trump allies are standing firmly behind Walker, saying that having a celebrity, conservative African-American would amount to an ideal candidate against Warnock, a progressive Democrat and one of three Black senators. Manu Raju, Alex Rogers And Michael Warren, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even as the news began to sink in that UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel would miss an indeterminate amount of time with an injury, the junior was in good spirits surrounded by family and friends who offered support. Matt Murschel,, 19 Sep. 2021 The Terps’ victory over Illinois showed that the defense deserves an equal amount of attention. Ryan Mcfadden,, 18 Sep. 2021 The consultant also recommended setting an amount equal to a range of 12% to 16% of a plan's claims for a reserve fund, with a target of 14%. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021 This created an incredible amount of competition among D2C brands, all fighting for the same consumer attention. Erica Mcmillan, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Netflix, no surprise, is spending an insane amount of money to ramp up its Korean productions because interest in them continues to grow. Andy Meek, BGR, 17 Sep. 2021 American tech companies have been under an immense amount of pressure from the Russian government in recent months. Zahra Ullah, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Alabama officials expect to close the state’s fiscal year Sept. 30 with about $750 million left over from a $7.2 billion education budget, an unusually large amount. Mike Cason |, al, 16 Sep. 2021 Paramedics injected him with 500 milligrams of ketamine, an amount appropriate for someone 77 pounds heavier than McClain’s 143-pound frame, according to the indictment. Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021

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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


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.


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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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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