Definition of amount in English:



  • 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 amounts’
    • ‘This is in total contrast to the amount of walking or exercise involving the use of the legs.’
    • ‘I think, if we know we have a reasonable amount of work on the books, we'll take it.’
    • ‘This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.’
    • ‘The first period totalled up a paltry amount of three genuine opportunities.’
    • ‘One of the joys of working in Manchester is that you can walk from one end to the other in a reasonable amount of time.’
    • ‘In places you cannot see the spring shoots which are beginning to peep through because of the amount of rubbish.’
    • ‘There is no denying that one of the major causes of obesity is the amount of food that we eat and the portion sizes.’
    • ‘If you live in a built-up area, you have to expect a certain amount of noise.’
    • ‘If it is prolonged and performance is affected, this will affect the total amount of coverage we get.’
    • ‘The swept volume is the amount of volume that the piston moves through as it moves up and down.’
    • ‘Lorries were seen as a particular risk due to their size and the amount of chemicals they could be carrying.’
    • ‘The extent and the amount of the work involved was not defined in the Contract.’
    • ‘The total amount of sunlight energy over all of the spectrum is important in heating vines and soils.’
    • ‘Not only was the total amount of tuber starch reduced, but its composition was also affected.’
    • ‘In the first half of pregnancy it is normal for the total amount of thyroid hormone to be slightly increased.’
    • ‘Also important are the factors that control the total amount of water in the body at any particular time.’
    • ‘Purchases must be fit for their purpose - they should work for a reasonable amount of time.’
    • ‘What was a reasonable amount of time to wait for a chicken burger to be prepared, anyway?’
    • ‘Well, if the universe is flat, this tells us something about the total amount of mass and energy in it.’
    • ‘Hopefully my legs will permit a reasonable amount of wandering about places of interest.’
    quantity, number, total, aggregate, sum, quota, group, size, mass, weight, volume, bulk, load, consignment
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    1. 1.1 A sum of money.
      ‘they have spent a colossal amount rebuilding the stadium’
      • ‘Massive amounts of money were spent helping the airlines fund new security precautions.’
      • ‘Experience has shown us that the best way to sustain partnership is to contribute small amounts of money on a regular basis.’
      • ‘So with the aim of contracting for projects, the constructor spends huge amounts of money on bribes.’
      • ‘I mean, we bring in millions of dollars in terms of research money, huge amounts.’
      • ‘The government had set aside significant amounts of money to rebuild the city, but inflation meant that this was still not enough.’
      • ‘Feel free to spend inordinate amounts of money and fund my house survey.’
      • ‘It says this is costing substantial amounts of money which would otherwise be used on patient care.’
      • ‘Administration, equipment and maintaining venues cost huge amounts of money.’
      • ‘Careful money management rather than throwing vast amounts of sums of money at the problem is certainly a key way forward.’
      • ‘They didn't get all they asked for I might say, but they got specific amounts of money for specific purposes.’
      • ‘By donating large amounts of money, wealthy individuals are able to signal their economic prowess.’
      • ‘You never know when something will pay off, and for the trivial amounts of money it costs, the returns are enormous.’
      • ‘Having expended large amounts of money on multiculturalism, they are hardly likely to criticise it.’
      • ‘We are losing vast amounts of tax money, as well as the respect of the people.’
      • ‘In recent elections soft money has become a way for wealthy individuals to contribute large amounts of money to the political parties.’
      • ‘Drivers contribute huge amounts of money to the government through road tax, tax on car sales, and we all know about fuel duty.’
      • ‘This is important because longstanding disciplinary processes cost the country huge amounts of money.’
      • ‘These will see the fund paying out reasonable compensations instead of huge amounts of money as is presently done.’
      • ‘The numbers of delinquents and the estimated amounts of tax money involved have not been detailed.’
      • ‘The dome is not the only monstrous carbuncle currently swallowing obscene amounts of public money.’
      fee, price, tariff, sum, figure, fare, rate, payment, toll, levy
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[NO OBJECT]amount to
  • 1Come to be (the total) when added together.

    ‘losses amounted to over 10 million pounds’
    • ‘It only amounts to one and a half hours, and we are compensating for that removal by putting it elsewhere in the week.’
    • ‘The exceptions are practically all African and Arab countries, amounting altogether to only a tenth of the world's population.’
    • ‘The liability of the contracts of employment amounts to many hundreds of thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘It amounts to a huge amount of money and jobs both ways every single year.’
    • ‘After the air attacks began, refugee movements multiplied exponentially, amounting ultimately to more than half the population of the province, with another third listed as internally displaced from their homes.’
    • ‘It amounts to little more than 40 companies working in three buildings in the Liberties.’
    • ‘Furthermore, every employee will be given a significant stake in the company, amounting in total to one-tenth of its value.’
    • ‘As we speak, the total death toll is still unclear, but it amounts to several thousands.’
    • ‘As one diplomat pointed out, that amounts to three weeks' oil profits for the government.’
    • ‘All of this amounts to eight billion dollars in lost revenue for the federal government.’
    • ‘Traders say it might not sound much but the extra costs amounts to an extra £400 a year.’
    • ‘Those low cost products are amounting to something like half a trillion dollars in deficit every year.’
    • ‘This amounts to some 28 million tonnes per year, or almost half a tonne per person.’
    • ‘Essentially this amounts to a thirteen hour time difference from how I live in London.’
    • ‘The original drawing amounts to only about one-eighth of the total composition.’
    • ‘In real terms, this amounts to an extra two cases of cancer a year among half a per cent of the population.’
    • ‘In contrast, the typical cost of the coffee in a cup of your favourite brew probably amounts to as little as six pence.’
    • ‘In due course the owners were presented by the Port Authority with a bill for the use of the tugs which amounted in all to JD254, 400, equivalent to approximately US $375,000.’
    • ‘The orders and output surge this past year in a number of high-technology industries, amounting in some cases to 50 percent and more, was not sustainable even in the more optimistic new economy scenarios.’
    • ‘They amounted respectively to £151,065 (together with interest) and £127,000.’
    add up to, come to, run to, number, be, make, total, equal, be equal to, be equivalent to, represent, count as
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    1. 1.1 Be regarded or classified as; be the equivalent of.
      ‘their actions amounted to a conspiracy’
      ‘what this guy was doing clearly did amount to persecution’
      • ‘So me, I wonder how giving people more days to laze at home amounts to respect for religion.’
      • ‘Where are the voices of outrage over what amounts to a frontal assault on the constitution of the United States?’
      • ‘Move the ball just right of center in your stance and hit what amounts to a hard chip shot.’
      • ‘This step by the medical fraternity amounts to a giant leap for the whole country, he added.’
      • ‘They are looking at the camera with expectation that amounts almost to joy.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The whole package amounts to a curious blend of high power and domesticity which she hopes will win over doubters.’
      • ‘But the tribunals' caseload amounted largely to dealing with deserters, known Confederate agents, and foreign nationals in Confederate service.’
      • ‘The result amounts to one of his more satisfying films in recent years.’
      • ‘My point was that your comments are simply not amounting to much more than you screaming.’
      • ‘This amounts to a massive political bet on Scotland being collectivist rather than consumerist.’
      • ‘This amounts, of course, to an assertion that we can easily put aside economic law.’
      • ‘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 amounts at the end of the day to the possibility of a bias in the way this Court puts it.’
      • ‘I have concluded that the proposal amounts to inappropriate development in the Green Belt.’
      • ‘One writer noted that it was through such events that the ‘reverence for the flag amounting almost to worship’ acquired a ‘human face or word.’’
      • ‘It's just that when you put it all together, it amounts to a manipulation.’
      • ‘Could you advise on any source of help regarding what essentially amounts to an invisible disability.’
      • ‘It amounts to saying that a future pope should cherish cultural heritage above all else.’
      • ‘Will computers make trains so massively more controllable as to amount almost to a new form of transport?’
      constitute, comprise, be equivalent to, be tantamount to, approximate to, add up to, come down to, boil down to
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    2. 1.2 Develop into; become.
      ‘you'll never amount to anything’
      • ‘So shine the light on all of your friends because it all amounts to nothing in the end.’
      • ‘Will 3D user interfaces ever amount to anything more than eye-candy?’
      • ‘You doubt that who you are and what you've done with your life really amounts to much at times.’
      • ‘She'll never amount to anything.’
      • ‘I hear much about how my sort of gabbling amounts to nothing but blaming the victim.’
      • ‘You’ll never amount to anything because you procrastinate.’
      become, grow into, develop into, mature into, prove to be, turn out to be, progress to, advance to
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  • any amount of

    • A great deal or number of.

      ‘the second half produced any amount of action’
      • ‘New Orleans gets any amount of rain and they have got a water problem.’
      • ‘Integrity is not something that can be bought with any amount of money.’
      • ‘I don't think there is any amount of pressure that can be exerted from Australia that's going to make the difference.’
      • ‘They are unfazed by any amount of death, destruction, loss, tragedy, travesty.’
      • ‘Little by little you will be renewed from within yourself and be able to withstand any amount of stress.’
      • ‘There is just no reason that any amount of government money or ‘counseling’ will change this.’
      • ‘It has lots of fun things for cheap, but it's a hassle to go there and spend any amount of time buying things for my survival.’
      • ‘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?’
  • no amount of

    • Not even the greatest possible amount of.

      ‘no amount of talk is going to change anything’
      • ‘His government is not trusted, and no amount of socially caring speeches can change that.’
      • ‘The old rules have broken down, and no amount of hand wringing can bring them back.’
      • ‘No amount of coercion; no amount of force is going to keep us out of the water.’
      • ‘For pity is not a word to them, no amount of pleading can save you and no amount of money can buy your life.’
      • ‘After all was said and done, I came to realize that no amount of money could force me to teach a child as unwilling as he was.’
      • ‘But no amount of reading or looking at pictures can prepare us for the real thing.’
      • ‘No amount of hoping, no amount of wishing or praying, could bring my mother back to me.’
      • ‘For true believers, though, no amount of evidence will ever be enough.’
      • ‘In the end, no amount of criticism could dampen the spirits of Europe's new soccer champions.’
      • ‘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.