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amounted; amounting; amounts

intransitive verb

: to be the same in meaning or effect as
acts that amount to treason
: 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]
: to reach a total : add up
The bill amounts to $10.


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: the total number or quantity : aggregate
trying to figure the amount of time it will take
: the quantity at hand or under consideration
has an enormous amount of energy
: the whole effect, significance, or import
accounting : a principal sum and the interest on it
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

Verb the expenses of the trip amounted to nearly double what we'd budgeted for it makes no difference whether you're going to the game or the movies, for it amounts to the same thing—that you can't babysit 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!
Recent Examples on the Web
Additional rainfall amounts up to 1.5 inches are possible. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 June 2024 The credit amounts decrease as incomes rise, with a cap of $75,000 for individual filers and $85,000 for joint filers. Nick Coltrain, The Denver Post, 1 June 2024
Barbecue plates include a choice of one, two or three meats (priced based on the amount) or ribs (half or full rack) with sauce and side. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 Knit Skirt Another designer that goes hand-in-hand with vacation dressing is Christopher Esber: his pieces ooze sexiness, mixed with the perfect amount of chic. Gab Waller, Vogue, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for amount 

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Word History



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.

First Known Use


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


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Amount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to add up
the bill amounted to ten dollars
: to be the same in meaning or effect
acts that amount to treason


2 of 2 noun
: the total number or quantity : aggregate
the amount to be paid
: a given or particular quantity or number
add the same amount to both columns

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