- 1A quantity of something, especially the total of a thing or things in number, size, value, or extent: sport gives an enormous amount of pleasure to many people the substance is harmless if taken in small amountsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A sum of money: they have spent a colossal amount rebuilding the stadiumMore example sentences
- 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 poundsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Be regarded or classified as; be the equivalent of: their actions amounted to a conspiracy what this guy was doing clearly did amount to persecutionMore example sentences
- 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.’
- 1.2Develop into; become: you’ll never amount to anythingMore example sentences
- 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.
any amount of
- A great deal or number of: the second half produced any amount of actionMore example sentences
- 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
- Not even the greatest possible amount of: no amount of talk is going to change anythingMore 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.
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.