Definitions for amountəˈmaʊnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the sum total of two or more quantities or sums.

  2. quantity; measure:

    a great amount of resistance.

  3. the full effect, value, or significance.

  4. (v.i.)to total; add (usu. fol. by to):

    The bill amounts to $300.

  5. to be equal in value, effect, or extent (usu. followed by to):

    All those fine words amount to nothing.

  6. to develop; attain (usu. fol. by to):

    With his intelligence, he should amount to something one day.

* Usage: The traditional distinction between amount and number is that amount is used with mass or uncountable nouns (the amount of paperwork; the amount of energy) and number with countable nouns (a number of songs; a number of days). Although objected to, the use of amount instead of number with countable nouns occurs in both speech and writing, esp. when the noun can be considered as a unit or group (the amount of people present; the amount of weapons) or when it refers to money (the amount of dollars paid; the amount of pennies in the till).

Origin of amount:

1250–1300; < OF amonter lit., to go up, prob. a-a -5+monter (see mount1)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sum, sum of money, amount, amount of money(noun)

    a quantity of money

    "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"

  2. amount(noun)

    the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

    "an adequate amount of food for four people"

  3. measure, quantity, amount(noun)

    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

  4. sum, amount, total(verb)

    a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

  5. amount(verb)

    be tantamount or equivalent to

    "Her action amounted to a rebellion"

  6. total, number, add up, come, amount(verb)

    add up in number or quantity

    "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000"

  7. come, add up, amount(verb)

    develop into

    "This idea will never amount to anything"; "nothing came of his grandiose plans"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. amount(noun)əˈmaʊnt

    the quantity of sth

    a small amount of paint; the amount of money needed

  2. amount(verb)əˈmaʊnt

    to add up to

    unpaid taxes amounting to $2,860

  3. amountəˈmaʊnt

    to be the same as

    police interrogations that amount to torture

  4. amountəˈmaʊnt

    to be unsuccessful, useless

    He; ’ll never amount to anything.


  1. amount(Noun)

    The total, aggregate or sum of material. Not applicable to discrete numbers or units or items.

  2. amount(Noun)

    A quantity or volume.

  3. amount(Verb)

    To total or evaluate.

    It amounts to three dollars and change.

  4. amount(Verb)

    To be the same as or equivalent to.

  5. Origin: From amounten, from amounter, from amunt, amont, prop. prep. phr. a mont, from ad montem, from ad + montem, accusative of mons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amount(noun)

    to go up; to ascend

  2. Amount(noun)

    to rise or reach by an accumulation of particular sums or quantities; to come (to) in the aggregate or whole; -- with to or unto

  3. Amount(noun)

    to rise, reach, or extend in effect, substance, or influence; to be equivalent; to come practically (to); as, the testimony amounts to very little

  4. Amount(verb)

    to signify; to amount to

  5. Amount(noun)

    the sum total of two or more sums or quantities; the aggregate; the whole quantity; a totality; as, the amount of 7 and 9 is 16; the amount of a bill; the amount of this year's revenue

  6. Amount(noun)

    the effect, substance, value, significance, or result; the sum; as, the amount of the testimony is this

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'amount' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #688

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'amount' in Written Corpus Frequency: #615

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'amount' in Nouns Frequency: #223

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'amount' in Verbs Frequency: #603

Anagrams of amount

  1. outman

  2. mantou

Translations for amount

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to add up to

The bill amounted to $15.

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