- 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
- 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 for amount
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.).
Add up, develop into, as in Even though she's careful with her money, her savings don't amount to much, or All parents hope that their children will amount to something. [Mid-1500s]
Be equivalent to, as in Twenty persons won't amount to a good turnout. [Late 1300s] Also see amount to the same thing.