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[uh-mount] /əˈmaʊnt/
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.
verb (used without object)
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
1250-1300; Middle English amounten, amunten < Anglo-French amo(u)nter, amunter, Old French amonter literally, to go up, ascend, probably a- a-5 + monter (see mount1); E noun use of v. from early 18th cent.
Can be confused
amount, number (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
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, especially 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). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for amounting
Contemporary Examples
  • Fusari's lawsuit contains six claims, five of them amounting to $5 million each, and a sixth amounting to $10 million.

    Gaga's Enemy Jacob Bernstein March 22, 2010
  • Swedish banks have similarly disastrous loans to the Baltic countries, amounting to 30 percent of its gross domestic product.

Historical Examples
  • I have sold the property and got my commissions, amounting to four thousand dollars in all.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • She had boundless admiration for her queen, amounting actually to idolatry.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • He commanded the united force, amounting to thirty thousand.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • But for all his outward equability, his impatience was amounting to torment.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • They give him each a small quantity of rice, a few poitas and a few Rupees, amounting in some cases to two or three hundred.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • There is a wild interest which actuates the chamois-hunter, amounting to fanaticism.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • The individual variation is, however, enormous, amounting to 16.4% of the average in males and nearly 16% in females.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • But his thoughts were still nebulous, not amounting to resolve.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for amounting


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
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to be equal or add up in effect, meaning, or quantity
Usage note
The use of a plural noun after amount of (an amount of bananas; the amount of refugees) should be avoided: a quantity of bananas; the number of refugees
Word Origin
C13: from Old French amonter to go up, from amont upwards, from a to + mont mountain (from Latin mōns)
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Word Origin and History for amounting



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.).



1710, from amount (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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