- 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 amounts
To McCain, that amounts to an American alliance with those countries, whether that was intentional or not.Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go
July 3, 2014
Let us citizens stress this and once again do nothing or so little that it amounts to nothing.As Parents We’re All Gun Violence Cowards
May 30, 2014
The same goes for generalized “rules” you might hear about frequency and amounts.A Runner’s Guide to Hydration (And How to Not Overdo It)
May 23, 2014
Sometimes this amounts to nothing more than pressuring friends into listening to a song we desperately love.The ‘SNL’ Race Controversy: Why Leslie Jones Can Say What She Likes
May 6, 2014
All this, says the American former diplomat, amounts to a “day-by-day divestiture of government authority.”Can Thailand’s Prime Minister Cling To Power?
February 19, 2014
Only, just think what it amounts to—prying into the affairs of a stranger.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Their "luck" with Chrysanthemums amounts almost to magic sometimes.The Mayflower, January, 1905
He entered the amounts in the "Ledger," and then returned to his seat.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
On failure, I shall empower some lawyer in your country to recover the amounts.The Contrast
You accuse me of injustice—of what amounts to inhumanity—of cruelty?Strife (First Series Plays)
- 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 amounts
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.).