amounts; amounted; amounting

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
  1. noun
    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    synonyms: measure, quantity
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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
  2. noun
    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)
  3. noun
    a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
    synonyms: sum, total
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    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
  4. noun
    a quantity of money
    “the amount he had in cash was insufficient”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
  5. verb
    add up in number or quantity
    “The bills amounted to $2,000”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    develop into
    “This idea will never amount to anything”
    synonyms: add up, come
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    amount in the aggregate to
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    become, turn
    undergo a change or development
  7. verb
    be tantamount or equivalent to
    “Her action amounted to a rebellion”
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    amount to
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