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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sum, sum of money, amount, amount of moneynoun

    a quantity of money

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

  2. amountnoun

    the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

    "an adequate amount of food for four people"

  3. measure, quantity, amountnoun

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

  4. sum, amount, totalverb

    a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

  5. amountverb

    be tantamount or equivalent to

    "Her action amounted to a rebellion"

  6. total, number, add up, come, amountverb

    add up in number or quantity

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

  7. come, add up, amountverb

    develop into

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


  1. amountnoun

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

  2. amountnoun

    A quantity or volume.

  3. amountverb

    To total or evaluate.

    It amounts to three dollars and change.

  4. amountverb

    To be the same as or equivalent to.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amountnoun

    The sum total; the result of several sums or quantities accumulated.

    Etymology: from To amount.

    And now, ye lying vanities of life,
    Where are you now, and what is your amount?
    Vexation, disappointment, and remorse. James Thomson, Winter.

  2. To Amountverb

    Etymology: monter, Fr.

    Let us compute a little more particularly how much this will amount to, or how many oceans of water would be necessary to compose this great ocean rowling in the air, without bounds or banks. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    The errours of young men are the ruin of business; but the errours of aged men amount but to this, that more might have been done, or sooner. Francis Bacon, Essays Civil and Moral.

    Judgments that are made on the wrong side of the danger, amount to no more than an affectation of skill, without either credit or effect. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. amount

    Quantity or amount is a property that can exist as a multitude or magnitude, which illustrate discontinuity and continuity. Quantities can be compared in terms of "more", "less", or "equal", or by assigning a numerical value multiple of a unit of measurement. Mass, time, distance, heat, and angle are among the familiar examples of quantitative properties. Quantity is among the basic classes of things along with quality, substance, change, and relation. Some quantities are such by their inner nature (as number), while others function as states (properties, dimensions, attributes) of things such as heavy and light, long and short, broad and narrow, small and great, or much and little. Under the name of multitude comes what is discontinuous and discrete and divisible ultimately into indivisibles, such as: army, fleet, flock, government, company, party, people, mess (military), chorus, crowd, and number; all which are cases of collective nouns. Under the name of magnitude comes what is continuous and unified and divisible only into smaller divisibles, such as: matter, mass, energy, liquid, material—all cases of non-collective nouns. Along with analyzing its nature and classification, the issues of quantity involve such closely related topics as dimensionality, equality, proportion, the measurements of quantities, the units of measurements, number and numbering systems, the types of numbers and their relations to each other as numerical ratios.


  1. amount

    Amount refers to the quantity, level or volume of something, often in measurable or countable terms. It is the total or sum of items, substances, elements or entities in consideration. It can also refer to the degree or extent of a particular quality or attribute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amountnoun

    to go up; to ascend

  2. Amountnoun

    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. Amountnoun

    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. Amountverb

    to signify; to amount to

  5. Amountnoun

    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. Amountnoun

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

  7. Etymology: [OF. amonter to increase, advance, ascend, fr. amont (equiv. to L. ad montem to the mountain) upward, F. amont up the river. See Mount, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amount

    a-mownt′, v.i. to mount or rise to: to result in: to come in meaning or substance to (with to).—n. the whole sum: the effect or result. [O. Fr. amonter, to ascend—L. ad, to, mont, mons, a mountain.]

Editors Contribution

  1. amount

    A quantity of.

    The amount of people attending the wedding was accurately communicated to the hotel a few days before.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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  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 for amount »

  1. mantou

  2. outman

  3. moutan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amount in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amount in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of amount in a Sentence

  1. LaToya Cantrell:

    There is no system in the world that can handle that amount of rainfall in such a short period.

  2. Kerry Ehrin:

    Its a huge amount of pressure, but you cant really live in that space, you drive yourself crazy ... because you start creating for, Oh, is this right, or is that gonna work? instead of just creating what you find compelling and entertaining.

  3. Lloyd Austin:

    I have gotten 10 times that amount of input, 50 times that amount of input on the other side that have said, hey, we are glad to have had the ability to have a conversation with ourselves and with our leadership, and that's what we need.

  4. Ron Heck:

    The trouble is with the EPA. So we're giving President Donald Trump on Friday a reasonable amount of time to fix this, and if President Donald Trump on Friday doesn't, there will be some farmers who will say President Donald Trump on Friday didn't deliver on President Donald Trump on Friday promise.

  5. Melvin Adams:

    They both had the same amount of time and same opportunity to prepare.

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