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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)



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