amount /əˈmaʊnt/


I. noun

1. a 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.
2. a sum of money

they have spent a colossal amount rebuilding the stadium.
II. verb [no obj.] ( amount to)

1. come to be (the total) when added together

losses amounted to over 10 million pounds.
2. 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.
3. develop into; become

you’ll never amount to anything.
III. phrases

1. any amount of
a great deal or number of

the second half produced any amount of action.
2. no amount of
not even the greatest possible amount of

no amount of talk is going to change anything.
– 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 cent.

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