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.