amount

[uh-mount]
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noun
  1. the sum total of two or more quantities or sums; aggregate.
  2. the sum of the principal and interest of a loan.
  3. quantity; measure: a great amount of resistance.
  4. the full effect, value, or significance.
verb (used without object)
  1. to total; add (usually followed by to): The repair bill amounts to $300.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 confusedamount 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 ).
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Historical Examples of amount

  • It was simply as to the amount of relaxation the country could bear in the duties.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • My hunger I could never satisfy with any amount of composition or extemporization of my own.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • To most of us "expanding" and "affording" amount to the same thing.

  • But he cannot lend you the money, nor can he get the amount you want until to-morrow afternoon.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • And the amount of stories Mark, with all his contemplativeness could swallow, was amazing.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for amount

amount

noun
  1. extent; quantity; supply
  2. the total of two or more quantities; sum
  3. the full value, effect, or significance of something
  4. a principal sum plus the interest on it, as in a loan
verb
  1. (intr usually foll by to) to be equal or add up in effect, meaning, or quantity

Word Origin for amount

C13: from Old French amonter to go up, from amont upwards, from a to + mont mountain (from Latin mōns)

usage

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
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Word Origin and History for amount
v.

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.

n.

1710, from amount (v.).

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