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a·mount

 (ə-mount′)
n.
1. The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
2. A number; a sum.
3. A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
4. The full effect or meaning; import.
5. Quantity: a great amount of intelligence.
intr.v. a·mount·ed, a·mount·ing, a·mounts
1. To add up in number or quantity: The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.
2. To add up in import or effect: That plan will never amount to anything.
3. To be equivalent or tantamount: accusations that amount to an indictment.

[From Middle English amounten, to ascend, from Old French amonter, from amont, upward, from Latin ad montem, to the hill : ad, to; see ad- in Indo-European roots + mōns, mont-, hill; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

amount

(əˈmaʊnt)
n
1. extent; quantity; supply
2. the total of two or more quantities; sum
3. the full value, effect, or significance of something
4. (Banking & Finance) a principal sum plus the interest on it, as in a loan
vb
(usually foll by: to) to be equal or add up in effect, meaning, or quantity
[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

a•mount

(əˈmaʊnt)

n.
1. the sum total of two or more quantities or sums.
2. quantity; measure: a great amount of resistance.
3. the full effect, value, or significance.
v.i.
4. to total; add (usu. fol. by to): The bill amounts to $300.
5. to be equal in value, effect, or extent (usu. followed by to): All those fine words amount to nothing.
6. to develop; attain (usu. fol. by to): With his intelligence, he should amount to something one day.
[1250–1300; < Old French amonter literally, to go up, probably a- a-5 + monter (see mount1)]
usage: 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, esp. 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).

amount

An amount of something is how much of it you have, need, or get.

They measured the amount of salt lost in sweat.
I was horrified by the amount of work I had to do.

You can talk about a large amount or a small amount. Don't talk about a 'big amount' or a 'little amount'.

Use only a small amount of water at first.
The army gave out large amounts of food.

When you use amount in the plural, you use a plural verb with it. For example, you say 'Large amounts of money were wasted'. Don't say 'Large amounts of money was wasted'.

Increasing amounts of force are necessary.
Very large amounts of money are required.

Be Careful!
Don't talk about an 'amount' of things or people. For example, don't say 'There was an amount of chairs in the room'. You say 'There were a number of chairs in the room'. When you use number like this, you use a plural verb with it.

A number of offers were received.
See number

amount


Past participle: amounted
Gerund: amounting

Imperative
amount
amount
Present
I amount
you amount
he/she/it amounts
we amount
you amount
they amount
Preterite
I amounted
you amounted
he/she/it amounted
we amounted
you amounted
they amounted
Present Continuous
I am amounting
you are amounting
he/she/it is amounting
we are amounting
you are amounting
they are amounting
Present Perfect
I have amounted
you have amounted
he/she/it has amounted
we have amounted
you have amounted
they have amounted
Past Continuous
I was amounting
you were amounting
he/she/it was amounting
we were amounting
you were amounting
they were amounting
Past Perfect
I had amounted
you had amounted
he/she/it had amounted
we had amounted
you had amounted
they had amounted
Future
I will amount
you will amount
he/she/it will amount
we will amount
you will amount
they will amount
Future Perfect
I will have amounted
you will have amounted
he/she/it will have amounted
we will have amounted
you will have amounted
they will have amounted
Future Continuous
I will be amounting
you will be amounting
he/she/it will be amounting
we will be amounting
you will be amounting
they will be amounting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been amounting
you have been amounting
he/she/it has been amounting
we have been amounting
you have been amounting
they have been amounting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been amounting
you will have been amounting
he/she/it will have been amounting
we will have been amounting
you will have been amounting
they will have been amounting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been amounting
you had been amounting
he/she/it had been amounting
we had been amounting
you had been amounting
they had been amounting
Conditional
I would amount
you would amount
he/she/it would amount
we would amount
you would amount
they would amount
Past Conditional
I would have amounted
you would have amounted
he/she/it would have amounted
we would have amounted
you would have amounted
they would have amounted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amount - a quantity of moneyamount - a quantity of money; "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
gain - the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
receipts, revenue, gross - the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
cash surrender value - the amount that the insurance company will pay on a given life insurance policy if the policy is cancelled prior to the death of the insured
contribution - an amount of money contributed; "he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest"
deductible - (taxes) an amount that can be deducted (especially for the purposes of calculating income tax)
defalcation - the sum of money that is misappropriated
red ink, red, loss - the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"; "the company operated in the red last year"
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
figure - an amount of money expressed numerically; "a figure of $17 was suggested"
coverage, insurance coverage - the total amount and type of insurance carried
cash advance, advance - an amount paid before it is earned
paysheet, payroll - the total amount of money paid in wages; "the company had a large payroll"
peanuts - an insignificant sum of money; a trifling amount; "her salary is peanuts compared to his"
purse - a sum of money offered as a prize; "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"
purse - a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse; "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"
2.amount - the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterionamount - the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion; "an adequate amount of food for four people"
magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
positiveness, positivity - an amount greater than zero
negativeness, negativity - an amount less than zero
critical mass - the minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture; "the battle for the computer market has now reached critical mass"; "there is now a critical mass of successful women to take the lead"; "they sold the business because it lacked critical mass"
quantity - an adequate or large amount; "he had a quantity of ammunition"
increment, increase - the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"
decrement, decrease - the amount by which something decreases
smallness - the property of being a relatively small amount; "he was attracted by the smallness of the taxes"
inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
margin - an amount beyond the minimum necessary; "the margin of victory"
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
3.amount - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantifyamount - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
abstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
probability, chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
quantum - (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)
economic value, value - the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else; "he tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices"
fundamental measure, fundamental quantity - one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
definite quantity - a specific measure of amount
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
system of measurement, metric - a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
cordage - the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords
octane number, octane rating - a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline
magnetisation, magnetization - the extent or degree to which something is magnetized
radical - (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity
volume - the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object; "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"
volume - a relative amount; "mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water"
proof - a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume)
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
period of play, playing period, play - (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
4.amount - a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbersamount - a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
quantity - the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
grand total - the sum of the sums of several groups of numbers
subtotal - the sum of part of a group of numbers
Verb1.amount - be tantamount or equivalent to; "Her action amounted to a rebellion"
make - amount to; "This salary increase makes no difference to my standard of living"
2.amount - add up in number or quantityamount - add up in number or quantity; "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000"
work out - be calculated; "The fees work out to less than $1,000"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
outnumber - be larger in number
average, average out - amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain; "The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"
make - add up to; "four and four make eight"
3.amount - develop into; "This idea will never amount to anything"; "nothing came of his grandiose plans"
become, turn - undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"
aggregate - amount in the aggregate to

amount

noun
1. quantity, lot, measure, size, supply, mass, volume, capacity, extent, bulk, number, magnitude, expanse I still do a certain amount of work for them.
2. total, whole, mass, addition, sum, lot, extent, aggregate, entirety, totality, sum total If you always pay the full amount, this won't affect you.
amount to something
1. add up to, mean, total, equal, constitute, comprise, aggregate, purport, be equivalent to The banks have what amounts to a monopoly.
2. come to, become, grow to, develop into, advance to, progress to, mature into My music teacher said I'd never amount to anything.
Proverbs
"Many a mickle makes a muckle"
Usage: Although it is common to use a plural noun after amount of, for example in the amount of people and the amount of goods, this should be avoided. Preferred alternatives would be to use quantity, as in the quantity of people, or number, as in the number of goods.

amount

noun
1. A number or quantity obtained as a result of addition:
Archaic: tale.
2. The general sense or significance, as of an action or statement:
3. A measurable whole:
verb
1. To come to in number or quantity:
Idiom: add up to.
2. To be equivalent or tantamount:
Idiom: have all the earmarks.
Translations
مَبْلَغمَبْلَغ،مِقْدار،كَمِّيَّهيَبْلُغيُسَاوِي
množstvíobnášetrovnat sesumačástka
antalbeløbbeløbe sig tilblivekomme på
määrälukumäärä
količina
annyit jelentmennyiségösszeg
jafngildaupphæîvera samtals
prilygtisiekti
dot iznākumālīdzinātiessasniegtsumma
ilośćkwotaliczbawynieśćbyć rownoznacznym z
čiastkasuma
količinavsotaznašatiznesek
mängd
จำนวน/ ปริมาณจำนวนรวมรวม
eşdeğer olmakmiktartutmak
số lượng

amount

[əˈmaʊnt] N
1. (= quantity) → cantidad f
a huge amount of riceuna cantidad enorme de arroz
there is quite an amount leftqueda bastante
any amount ofcualquier cantidad de
I have any amount of timetengo mucho tiempo
we have had any amount of troublehemos tenido un sinnúmero de problemas
no amount of arguing will helpes totalmente inútil discutir
in small amountsen pequeñas cantidades
the total amountel total, la cantidad total
2. (= sum of money) → cantidad f, suma f
a large amount of moneyuna gran cantidad or suma de dinero
3. (= total value) → valor m
a bill for the amount ofuna cuenta por importe or valor de
check in the amount of 50 dollars (US) → cheque m por valor de 50 dólares
to the amount ofpor valor de
debts to the amount of £100deudas fpl por valor de 100 libras
amount to VI + PREP
1. (= add up to) [sums, figures, debts] → sumar, ascender a
2. (= be equivalent to) → equivaler a, significar
it amounts to the same thinges igual, viene a ser lo mismo
this amounts to a refusalesto equivale a una negativa
3. (= be worth) it doesn't amount to muchapenas es significativo, viene a ser poca cosa
he'll never amount to muchnunca dejará de ser nadie

amount

[əˈmaʊnt]
n
(= quantity) [food, goods, work] → quantité f
a huge amount of rice → une énorme quantité de riz
a certain amount of
We have dedicated a certain amount of time to the project → Nous avons consacré un certain temps au projet.
We have only got a certain amount of money → Nous n'avons qu'une certaine somme d'argent.
There is a certain amount of pressure on us → Il y a une certaine pression qui pèse sur nous.
I do have a certain amount of sympathy for him → J'ai une certaine sympathie pour lui.
We have achieved a certain amount of success → Nous avons remporté un certain succès.
any amount of (= a lot of) → énormément de
(= sum of money) → somme f (= total) [bill] → montant m
One-third of the amount will be paid by the government → Un tiers du montant sera payé par le gouvernement.
a large amount of money → une grosse somme d'argent
the amount of cash needed → la somme d'argent requise
the total amount (of money)le montant total
to the amount of → à concurrence de
amount to
vt fus
(= total) [cost] → s'élever à
The total cost amounted to 10 billion pounds → Le coût total s'est élevé à dix milliards de livres.
(= be the same as, equate to) → équivaloir à, revenir à
This amounts to a refusal → Cela équivaut à un refus.

amount

n
(of money)Betrag m; total amountGesamtsumme f, → Endbetrag m; debts to (Brit) or in (US) the amount of £200Schulden in Höhe von £ 200; I was shocked at the amount of the billich war über die Höhe der Rechnung erschrocken; in 12 equal amountsin 12 gleichen Teilen, in 12 gleichen Beträgen; an unlimited/a large/a small amount of moneyeine unbeschränkte or unbegrenzte/große/geringe Summe (Geldes); a modest amount of moneyein bescheidener Betrag; any/quite an amount of moneybeliebig viel/ziemlich viel Geld; large amounts of moneyUnsummen pl(Geldes); it’s not the amount of the donation that countsnicht die Höhe der Spende ist maßgeblich; if we increase the amount of the loanwenn wir die Darlehenssumme erhöhen
(= quantity)Menge f; (of luck, intelligence, skill etc)Maß nt (→ of an +dat); an enormous/a modest amount of work/timesehr viel/verhältnismäßig wenig Arbeit/Zeit; any amount of time/foodbeliebig viel Zeit/Essen; quite an amount of time/foodziemlich viel Zeit/Essen; no amount of talking would persuade himkein Reden würde ihn überzeugen; no amount of paint can hide the rustkeine noch so dicke Farbschicht kann den Rost verdecken
vi
(= total)sich belaufen (→ to auf +acc)
(= be equivalent)gleichkommen (→ to +dat); it amounts to the same thingdas läuft or kommt (doch) aufs Gleiche hinaus or raus (inf); he will never amount to muchaus ihm wird nie etwas or viel werden, der wird es nie zu etwas or zu viel bringen; their promises don’t amount to very muchihre Versprechungen sind recht nichtssagend; so what this amounts to is that …worauf es also hinausläuft ist, dass …

amount

[əˈmaʊnt] n (sum of money) → somma, cifra; (of invoice, bill) → importo; (quantity) → quantità f inv
in small amounts → poco per volta
the total amount (of money) → l'importo totale (of things) → la quantità totale
he has any amount of time/money → ha tutto il tempo/tutti i soldi che vuole
amount to vi + prep (total) → ammontare a (fig) (be equivalent to) → equivalere a, non essere altro che
this amounts to a refusal → questo equivale a un rifiuto
he'll never amount to much → non conterà mai granché

amount

(əˈmaunt) verb
(with to).
1. to add up to. The bill amounted to $15.
2. to be equal to. Borrowing money and not returning it amounts to stealing.
noun
a quantity, especially of money. a large amount of money in the bank.

amount

مَبْلَغ množství mængde Betrag ποσό cantidad määrä somme količina quantità hoeveelheid mengde ilość quantia количество mängd จำนวน/ ปริมาณ miktar số lượng 数量

amount

n cantidad f
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Doubtless one leading reason why the world declines honoring us whalemen, is this: they think that, at best, our vocation amounts to a butchering sort of business; and that when actively engaged therein, we are surrounded by all manner of defilements.
If I was to say anything on this slavery matter, I would say out, fair and square, `We're in for it; we've got 'em, and mean to keep 'em,--it's for our convenience and our interest;' for that's the long and short of it,--that's just the whole of what all this sanctified stuff amounts to, after all; and I think that it will be intelligible to everybody, everywhere.
Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe--"That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the will have.
I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before--a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy.
And hazardous, too; for in attempting a disenchantment without the true key, you are liable to err, and turn your hogs into dogs, and the dogs into cats, the cats into rats, and so on, and end by reducing your materials to nothing finally, or to an odorless gas which you can't follow -- which, of course, amounts to the same thing.
This amounts to deception, and will injure him for the Sunday-schools.
With respect to the pecuniary assistance enabling us to launch our frail canoe on the ocean of enterprise, I have reconsidered that important business-point; and would beg to propose my notes of hand - drawn, it is needless to stipulate, on stamps of the amounts respectively required by the various Acts of Parliament applying to such securities - at eighteen, twenty-four, and thirty months.
And the amounts increase, you see, as he rose in rank.
On the contrary, I am largely out of pocket by my researches, as the mere value of the profession that I have sacrificed during my three years' work, amounts to twelve thousand dollars.
He asked also who was in the coach, whither they were bound and what money they had, and one of the men on horseback replied, "The persons in the coach are my lady Dona Guiomar de Quinones, wife of the regent of the Vicaria at Naples, her little daughter, a handmaid and a duenna; we six servants are in attendance upon her, and the money amounts to six hundred crowns.
I have no more than forty gold pieces, seeing that I have lain a fortnight at Nottingham with the King, and have spent some goodly amounts upon other lordings," replied the knight.
But if it be asked how it happens that the blood in the veins, flowing in this way continually into the heart, is not exhausted, and why the arteries do not become too full, since all the blood which passes through the heart flows into them, I need only mention in reply what has been written by a physician 1 of England, who has the honor of having broken the ice on this subject, and of having been the first to teach that there are many small passages at the extremities of the arteries, through which the blood received by them from the heart passes into the small branches of the veins, whence it again returns to the heart; so that its course amounts precisely to a perpetual circulation.