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amount

Syllabification: a·mount
Pronunciation: /əˈmount
 
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Definition of amount in English:

noun

1A quantity of something, typically the total of a thing or things in number, size, value, or extent: the sport gives an enormous amount of pleasure to many people the substance is harmless if taken in small amounts
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  • Well, if the universe is flat, this tells us something about the total amount of mass and energy in it.
  • The first period totalled up a paltry amount of three genuine opportunities.
  • If it is prolonged and performance is affected, this will affect the total amount of coverage we get.
Synonyms
quantity, number, total, aggregate, sum, quota, group, size, mass, weight, volume, bulk, lot, quantum
1.1A sum of money: they have spent a colossal amount rebuilding the stadium
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  • The government had set aside significant amounts of money to rebuild the city, but inflation meant that this was still not enough.
  • Drivers contribute huge amounts of money to the government through road tax, tax on car sales, and we all know about fuel duty.
  • In recent elections soft money has become a way for wealthy individuals to contribute large amounts of money to the political parties.

verb

[no object] (amount to) Back to top  
1Come to be (the total) when added together: losses amounted to over 10 million dollars
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  • Furthermore, every employee will be given a significant stake in the company, amounting in total to one-tenth of its value.
  • They amounted respectively to £151,065 (together with interest) and £127,000.
  • The exceptions are practically all African and Arab countries, amounting altogether to only a tenth of the world's population.
Synonyms
add up to, come to, run (to), be, total
1.1Be the equivalent of: their actions amounted to a conspiracy what this guy was doing clearly did amount to persecution
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  • But the tribunals' caseload amounted largely to dealing with deserters, known Confederate agents, and foreign nationals in Confederate service.
  • Instead, it was happy with the paper's ‘remedial action’, which amounted - five months after its front-page publication - to two mealy-mouthed paragraphs that offered no apology.
  • It amounted, one songwriter said, to ‘an admission of the claims made by the defenders of the pirates that publishers have been robbing the public.’
Synonyms
constitute, be tantamount to, come down to, boil down to;
signify, signal, mean, indicate, suggest, denote, point to, be evidence of, be symptomatic of
literary betoken
1.2Develop into; become: you’ll never amount to anything
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  • So shine the light on all of your friends because it all amounts to nothing in the end.
  • You doubt that who you are and what you've done with your life really amounts to much at times.
  • I hear much about how my sort of gabbling amounts to nothing but blaming the victim.
Synonyms
become, develop into, prove to be, turn out to be

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French amunter, from amont 'upward', literally 'uphill', from Latin ad montem. The noun use dates from the early 18th century.

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  • mountain from (Middle English):

    The Latin word mons ‘mountain’ was extended in French to create the ancestor of mountain. It is also the source of mount (Old English), paramount (mid 16th century) ‘highest’, and amount (Middle English). The story behind the proverb if the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain, was told in 1625 by the philosopher Francis Bacon. Muhammad was once challenged to prove his credentials as a prophet by summoning Mount Safa to come to him. Inevitably, the mountain did not move in response to his summons, but Muhammad had a ready answer for this. He observed that if the mountain had moved it would have crushed him and all his followers to death. Therefore it was only right that now he should go to the mountain and give thanks to God for his mercy in sparing them all from this disaster. The phrase to move mountains means both ‘to achieve apparently impossible results’ and ‘to make every effort’. In the first sense it goes back to Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians: ‘And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.’ The contrast of size between mountains and molehills has been exploited since the late 16th century hence make a mountain out of a molehill.

Phrases

any amount of

1
A great deal or number of: a good marriage can withstand any amount of external pressure
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  • You cannot quite escape the war anywhere, resulting in reams of exasperation that cannot be dealt with by any amount of ranting.
  • But seriously, does any amount of soft or hard science help in this kind of discussion?
  • Little by little you will be renewed from within yourself and be able to withstand any amount of stress.

no amount of

2
Not even the greatest possible amount of: no amount of talk is going to change anything
More example sentences
  • No amount of coercion; no amount of force is going to keep us out of the water.
  • No amount of hoping, no amount of wishing or praying, could bring my mother back to me.
  • No amount of books, no amount of personal testimonial is going to change that.

Words that rhyme with amount

account, count, fount, miscount, mount, no-account, surmount

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