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amount Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a quantity of money
    amount of money; sum; sum of money.
    • he borrowed a large sum
    • the amount he had in cash was insufficient
  2. noun the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion
    • an adequate amount of food for four people
  3. noun how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    quantity; measure.
  4. noun a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
    sum; total.
  5. verb be tantamount or equivalent to
    • Her action amounted to a rebellion
  6. verb add up in number or quantity
    total; come; number; add up.
    • The bills amounted to $2,000
    • The bill came to $2,000
  7. verb develop into
    come; add up.
    • This idea will never amount to anything
    • nothing came of his grandiose plans

A*mount" intransitive verb
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.
imperfect & past participle Amounted; present participle & verbal noun Amounting
  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.
A*mount" transitive verb
  1. To signify; to amount to. Obs.
A*mount" noun
  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.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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