- the sum total of two or more quantities or sums; aggregate.
- the sum of the principal and interest of a loan.
- quantity; measure: a great amount of resistance.
- the full effect, value, or significance.
- to total; add (usually followed by to): The repair bill amounts to $300.
- to reach, extend, or be equal in number, quantity, effect, etc.; be equivalent (usually followed by to): It is stated differently but amounts to the same thing.
- to develop into; become (usually followed by to): With his intelligence, he should amount to something when he grows up.
Origin of amount
Examples from the Web for amounted
Not long ago, however, these outré components would have amounted to an interesting yet niche rap career.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Hickenlooper had granted Dunlap a temporary reprieve in 2013, which amounted to a half-measure that made nobody happy.Who Gets to Decide Who Lives or Dies?
September 5, 2014
When she reached Hail, the Rashids were suspicious and put her under what amounted to house arrest in the royal complex.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
Contact lending was the only option, and it amounted to large scale (and sanctioned) wealth theft.How We Built the Ghettos
March 13, 2014
The Atty. Gen. has been ordered to pay the Guardians legal costs, which the paper said amounted to some £96,000.Prince Charles's 'Meddling' Lobbying Letters MUST be Released, Appeal Court Rules
March 12, 2014
I had perquisites, too, which amounted to something handsome.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The loss of the Danes, including prisoners, amounted to about six thousand.
The total British loss in the battle of Trafalgar amounted to 1587.
The total loss of the English in killed, wounded, and drowned, amounted to 250.
The lines of railway at that time, 1834, amounted to seventy-eight miles.
- extent; quantity; supply
- the total of two or more quantities; sum
- the full value, effect, or significance of something
- a principal sum plus the interest on it, as in a loan
- (intr usually foll by to) to be equal or add up in effect, meaning, or quantity
Word Origin and History for amounted
late 13c., "to go up, rise, mount (a horse)," from Old French amonter, from a mont "upward," literally "to the mountain," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + montem (nominative mons) "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Meaning "to rise in number or quality (so as to reach)" is from c.1300. Related: Amounted; amounting.
1710, from amount (v.).