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Meaning of amount by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English amounten ( “to mount up to, come up to, signify” ), from Old French amounter ( “to amount to” ), from amunt, amont ( “uphill, upward” ), prop. prep. phr. a mont ( “toward or to a mountain or heap” ), from Latin ad montem, from ad ( “to” ) + montem, accusative of mons ( “mountain” ) .


    • enPR: ə.mount', IPA: /əˈmaʊnt/, X-SAMPA: /@"maUnt/
    • Rhymes: -aʊnt


    amount ( plural: amounts )

    1. The total, aggregate or sum of material. Not applicable to discrete numbers or units or items .
    2. A quantity or volume .
      Pour a small amount of water into the dish .
      The dogs need different amounts of food .

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    • amount to

    External links

    • amount in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • amount in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • amount at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of amount by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. develop into

    2. This idea will never amount to anything
    3. add up in number or quantity

    4. The bills amounted to $2,000
    5. be tantamount or equivalent to

    6. Her action amounted to a rebellion
    1. how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

    2. the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

    3. an adequate amount of food for four people
    4. a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

    5. a quantity of money

    6. the amount he had in cash was insufficient

    Definition of amount by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Amount v. i. [imp. & p. p. Amounted; p. pr. & vb. n. Amounting.] [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.]
      1. To go up; to ascend. [Obs.]

      So up he rose, and thence amounted straight. Spenser.

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

    2. Amount, v. t. To signify; to amount to. [Obs.]

    3. Amount, n.
      1. 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.”

      2. The effect, substance, value, significance, or result; the sum; as, “the amount of the testimony is this”.

      The whole amount of that enormous fame. Pope.