An amount is a number, or quantity, of something. If you're surprised by the amount of work you have to do at your new job, you probably didn't expect such a long list of tasks.

You might complain about the amount of time it takes for the shoes you bought to arrive: amount here means the number of days before you can wear them. Amount is also a verb, meaning "add up to," like when you hope the tips you earn will amount to more than minimum wage. This meaning came before the noun amount, from the now obsolete definition, "to mount a horse," from the Old French amonter, "upward."

Definitions of amount

n how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

measure, quantity
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6 June 1944
date of the Allied landing in France, World War II
Bronze Age
(archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
Iron Age
(archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons
Stone Age
(archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
Eolithic Age
the earliest part of the Stone Age marked by the earliest signs of human culture
Paleolithic Age
second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC
Lower Paleolithic
the oldest part of the Paleolithic Age with the emergence of the hand ax; ended about 120,000 years ago
Middle Paleolithic
the time period of Neanderthal man; ended about 35,000 years BC
Upper Paleolithic
the time period during which only modern Homo sapiens was known to have existed; ended about 10,000 years BC
middle part of the Stone Age beginning about 15,000 years ago
Neolithic Age
latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)
the era of Islam's ascendancy from the death of Mohammed until the 13th century; some Moslems still maintain that the Moslem world must always have a calif as head of the community
Christian era
the time period beginning with the supposed year of Christ's birth
Great Schism
the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon
Age of Reason
a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
Elizabethan age
a period in British history during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century; an age marked by literary achievement and domestic prosperity
Victorian age
a period in British history during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century; her character and moral standards restored the prestige of the British monarchy but gave the era a prudish reputation
Baroque period
the historic period from about 1600 until 1750 when the baroque style of art, architecture, and music flourished in Europe
Middle Ages
the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries
Italian Renaissance
the early period when Italy was the center of the Renaissance
technological revolution
the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial nation
Reign of Terror
the historic period (1793-94) during the French Revolution when thousands were executed
Harlem Renaissance
a period in the 1920s when African-American achievements in art and music and literature flourished
New Deal
the historic period (1933-1940) in the United States during which President Franklin Roosevelt's economic policies were implemented
Reconstruction Period
the period after the American Civil War when the southern states were reorganized and reintegrated into the Union; 1865-1877
the reign of Charles II in England; 1660-1685
Great Depression
a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment
the period from 1811-1820 when the Prince of Wales was regent during George III's periods of insanity
8 May 1945
the date of Allied victory in Europe, World War II
15 August 1945
the date of Allied victory over Japan, World War II
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chance, probability
a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible
(physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)
economic value, value
the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
fundamental measure, fundamental quantity
one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
definite quantity
a specific measure of amount
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity
relative quantity
a quantity relative to some purpose
metric, system of measurement
a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords
octane number, octane rating
a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline
magnetisation, magnetization
the extent or degree to which something is magnetized
(mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity
the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object
a relative amount
a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume)
time unit, unit of time
a unit for measuring time periods
point, point in time
an instant of time
period of play, play, playing period
(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants
golf hole, hole
one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course
the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
conditional probability, contingent probability
the probability that an event will occur given that one or more other events have occurred
cross section
(physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barns
(geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time
fair chance, sporting chance
a reasonable probability of success
fat chance, slim chance
little or no chance of success
joint probability
the probability of two events occurring together
risk, risk of exposure
the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
risk, risk of infection
the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
a quantum of energy (in a crystal lattice or other system) that has position and momentum and can in some respects be regarded as a particle
criterion, measure, standard, touchstone
a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
mess of pottage
anything of trivial value
the amount that something in scarce supply is valued above its nominal value
system of weights and measures
system of measurement for length and weight and duration
point system
a system of graduating sizes of type in multiples of the point
information measure
a system of measurement of information based on the probabilities of the events that convey information
(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
enough, sufficiency
an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
N, normality
(of a solution) concentration expressed in gram equivalents of solute per liter
absolute majority, majority
(elections) more than half of the votes
plurality, relative majority
(in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes)
absolute value, numerical value
a real number regardless of its sign
acid value
(chemistry) the amount of free acid present in fat as measured by the milligrams of potassium hydroxide needed to neutralize it
a measure of the quantity of chlorine or other halides in water (especially seawater)
a concept of quantity involving zero and units
a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets
a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
the quantity of a particular substance that can dissolve in a particular solvent (yielding a saturated solution)
the degree to which something is poisonous
unit, unit of measurement
any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
magnetic flux
a measure of the strength of a magnetic field over a given area
Brix scale
a system for measuring the concentration of sugar solutions
circular measure
measurement of angles in radians
board measure
a system of units for measuring lumber based on the board foot
Beaufort scale
a scale from 0 to 12 for the force of the wind
system of weights, weight
a system of units used to express the weight of something
aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zip, zippo
a quantity of no importance
addition, gain, increase
a quantity that is added
the quantity of game taken in a particular period (usually by one person)
the quantity broken
(computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive
catch, haul
the quantity that was caught
correction, fudge factor
a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure
the quantity that a container will hold
footstep, pace, step, stride
the distance covered by a step
the volume left at the top of a filled container (bottle or jar or tin) before sealing
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
limit, limitation
the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
limit, limit point, point of accumulation
the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
output, production, yield
the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
neighborhood, region
the approximate amount of something (usually used prepositionally as in `in the region of')
the amount of something (as whiskey or oil) lost in storage or transportation
(medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
the amount that has spilled
the amount that has spoiled
the quantity contained in (or the capacity of) a tank or tanks
the amount that a container (as a wine bottle or tank) lacks of being full
an amount needed to restore something to its former level
an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value
a quantity of alcoholic drink sufficient to make you drunk
dosage, dose
the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time
an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate
load, loading
a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time
the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time
an amount of something available for use
capacity, content
the amount that can be contained
temperature scale
a system of measuring temperature
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time
24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours
time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
the dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit
mean solar time, mean time
(astronomy) time based on the motion of the mean sun (an imaginary sun moving uniformly along the celestial equator)
TDT, TT, ephemeris time, terrestrial dynamical time, terrestrial time
(astronomy) a measure of time defined by Earth's orbital motion; terrestrial time is mean solar time corrected for the irregularities of the Earth's motions
access time
(computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive
distance, space
the interval between two times
a remote point in time
embolism, intercalation
an insertion into a calendar
date, particular date
a particular but unspecified point in time
the point in time at which something must be completed
arrival time, time of arrival
the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to arrive at a given destination
departure time, time of departure
the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to depart from a given point of origin
a time unit of approximately 30 days
day, sidereal day
the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day
middle of an academic term or a political term in office
full term, term
the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent
the middle of the gestation period
bell, ship's bell
(nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
60 minutes, hour, hr
a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day
30 minutes, half-hour
a half of an hour
15 minutes, quarter-hour
a quarter of an hour
min, minute
a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour
s, sec, second
1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
one quintillionth (10^-18) of a second; one thousandth of a femtosecond
one quadrillionth (10^-15) of a second; one thousandth of a picosecond
one trillionth (10^-12) of a second; one thousandth of a nanosecond
one billionth (10^-9) of a second; one thousandth of a microsecond
one millionth (10^-6) of a second; one thousandth of a millisecond
millisecond, msec
one thousandth (10^-3) of a second
instant, minute, moment, second
a particular point in time
a unit of play in tennis or squash
the time at which a (software or multimedia) program is run
beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
the time at which something is supposed to begin
time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends
seek time
(computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track
time constant
(electronics) the time required for the current or voltage in a circuit to rise or fall exponentially through approximately 63 per cent of its amplitude
slot, time slot
a time assigned on a schedule or agenda
lunitidal interval
interval between the moon's transit of a particular meridian and the next high tide at that meridian
the time interval during which something or somebody is away
break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
an intervening period or episode
interim, lag, meantime, meanwhile
the time between one event, process, or period and another
latent period
the time that elapses before the presence of a disease is manifested by symptoms
latency, latent period, reaction time, response time
the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it
a seemingly endless time interval (waiting)
cycle, rhythm, round
an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
lead time
the time interval between the initiation and the completion of a production process
the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon
phase, phase angle
a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
show time
the point in time at which an entertainment (a movie or television show etc.) is scheduled to begin
that time; that moment
latency, rotational latency
(computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head
processing time
the time it takes to complete a prescribed procedure
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abstract entity, abstraction
a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

n the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

“an adequate amount of food for four people”
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positiveness, positivity
an amount greater than zero
negativeness, negativity
an amount less than zero
critical mass
the minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture
an adequate or large amount
increase, increment
the amount by which something increases
decrease, decrement
the amount by which something decreases
the property of being a relatively small amount
deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency
lack of an adequate quantity or number
an amount beyond the minimum necessary
figure, number
the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
amplification, gain
the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
fare increase
increase in the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
price increase
increase in price
hike, raise, rise, salary increase, wage hike, wage increase
the amount a salary is increased
boost, cost increase, hike, rise
an increase in cost
supplement, supplementation
a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)
tax boost, tax hike, tax-increase
the amount by which taxes are increased
a small increase
dip, drop, fall, free fall
a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
the amount by which something shrinks
exiguity, leanness, meagerness, meagreness, poorness, scantiness, scantness
the quality of being meager
deficit, shortage, shortfall
the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
abundance, copiousness, teemingness
the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
scarceness, scarcity
a small and inadequate amount
the quality of being slight or inadequate
margin of error, margin of safety, safety margin
the margin required in order to insure safety
narrow margin, narrowness, slimness
a small margin
multiplicity, numerosity, numerousness
a large number
preponderance, prevalence
a superiority in numbers or amount
countlessness, innumerableness
a number beyond counting
bulk, majority
the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part
being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts
the quality of being small in number
the quality of being round numbers
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the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

n a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

sum, total
grand total
the sum of the sums of several groups of numbers
the sum of part of a group of numbers
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the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

n a quantity of money

“the amount he had in cash was insufficient”
amount of money, sum, sum of money
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the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
gross, receipts, revenue
the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
cash surrender value
the amount that the insurance company will pay on a given life insurance policy if the policy is cancelled prior to the death of the insured
an amount of money contributed
(taxes) an amount that can be deducted (especially for the purposes of calculating income tax)
the sum of money that is misappropriated
loss, red, red ink
the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
an amount of money expressed numerically
coverage, insurance coverage
the total amount and type of insurance carried
advance, cash advance
an amount paid before it is earned
payroll, paysheet
the total amount of money paid in wages
an insignificant sum of money; a trifling amount
a sum of money offered as a prize
a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse
financial gain
the amount of monetary gain
box office
total admission receipts for an entertainment
total admission receipts at a sports event
paper profit
an unrealized gain on an investment calculated by subtracting the investor's cost from the current market price
paper loss
an unrealized loss on an investment calculated by subtracting the current market price from the investor's cost
a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
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anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

v add up in number or quantity

“The bills amounted to $2,000”
add up, come, number, total
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work out
be calculated
be larger in number
average, average out
amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
add up to
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have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v develop into

“This idea will never amount to anything”
add up, come
amount in the aggregate to
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become, turn
undergo a change or development

v be tantamount or equivalent to

“Her action amounted to a rebellion”
amount to

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