Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
  • n. A number; a sum.
  • n. A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
  • n. The full effect or meaning; import.
  • n. Quantity: a great amount of intelligence.
  • intransitive v. To add up in number or quantity: The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.
  • intransitive v. To add up in import or effect: That plan will never amount to anything.
  • intransitive v. To be equivalent or tantamount: accusations that amount to an indictment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The total, aggregate or sum of material (not applicable to discrete numbers or units or items in standard English).
  • n. A quantity or volume.
  • n. The number (the sum) of elements in a set.
  • v. To total or evaluate.
  • v. To be the same as or equivalent to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sum total of two or more sums or quantities; the aggregate; the whole quantity; a totality
  • n. The effect, substance, value, significance, or result; the sum.
  • intransitive v. To go up; to ascend.
  • intransitive v. To rise or reach by an accumulation of particular sums or quantities; to come (to) in the aggregate or whole; -- with to or unto.
  • intransitive v. To rise, reach, or extend in effect, substance, or influence; to be equivalent; to come practically (to).
  • transitive v. To signify; to amount to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • . To go up; rise; ascend; mount.
  • To reach or be equal (to) in number, quantity, or value; come (to) as a whole.
  • To rise, reach, or extend, in effect, substance, influence, etc.; be equivalent or tantamount in force or significance: as, his answer amounted almost to a threat.
  • To ascend; climb; mount.—
  • To rise in number, quantity, or value, so as to reach or be equal to; come to.
  • To be equivalent to; mean; signify.
  • To cause to rise; raise or elevate.
  • n. The sum total of two or more sums or quantities; the aggregate: as, the amount of 7 and 9 is 16; the amount of the day's sales.
  • n. A quantity or sum viewed as a whole.
  • n. The full effect, value, or import; the sum or total: as, the evidence, in amount, comes to this.
  • n. Often contracted to amt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. develop into
  • n. the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion
  • v. add up in number or quantity
  • v. be tantamount or equivalent to
  • n. a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
  • n. how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
  • n. a quantity of money

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English amounten ("to mount up to, come up to, signify"), from Old French amonter ("to amount to"), from amont, amunt ("uphill, upward"), from the prepositional phrase a mont ("toward or to a mountain or heap"), from Latin ad montem, from ad ("to") + montem, accusative of mons ("mountain").

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