the sum total of two or more quantities or sums; aggregate.
the sum of the principal and interest of a loan.
a great amount of resistance.
the full effect, value, or significance.
to total; add (usually followed by to):
The repair bill amounts to $300.
to reach, extend, or be equal in number, quantity, effect, etc.; be equivalent (usually followed by to):
It is stated differently but amounts to the same thing.
to develop into; become (usually followed by to):
With his intelligence, he should amount to something when he grows up.
The exchange followed a pair of votes that amounted to wheel-spinning.
Senate Sniping Imperils Deal Howard Kurtz, Daniel Stone July 30, 2011
Largely, a bunch of crazy allegations that amounted to nothing (and, yes, Monica).
Clintons v. Christie: Equals in Thuggery? Michael Tomasky January 14, 2014
The judge did not agree and handed over what amounted to an early Christmas present for Knox and Sollecito.
Early Christmas for Amanda Knox Barbie Latza Nadeau December 17, 2010
And “culture” amounted to no more and no less than a mosaic of stories, where home, at last, was everywhere.
Reading Nabokov to Nabokov Lila Azam Zanganeh February 28, 2012
It amounted to a radically different approach to how troops would be employed on the ground.
Mission Accomplished? Zachary Iscol June 28, 2009
In 1817, they amounted to about three thousand, of which six hundred were warriors.
Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume 28 Various
In every capital of the Old World he was received with what amounted to royal honours.
The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
There was thus formed the nucleus of an army the numbers of which, before long, amounted to 5,000.
A Student’s History of England, v. 2 (of 3) Samuel R. Gardiner.
This amounted, as a matter of fact, to 21 truckloads a week.
The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2 Henry Baerlein
There was at first such abundance of pearl oysters, that at one time the royal fifth amounted to 15,000 ducats yearly.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III Robert Kerr
extent; quantity; supply
the total of two or more quantities; sum
the full value, effect, or significance of something
a principal sum plus the interest on it, as in a loan
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to be equal or add up in effect, meaning, or quantity
late 13c., “to go up, rise, mount (a horse),” from Old French amonter, from a mont “upward,” literally “to the mountain,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + montem (nominative mons) “mountain” (see mount (n.)). Meaning “to rise in number or quality (so as to reach)” is from c.1300. Related: Amounted; amounting.
1710, from amount (v.).
a racemic drug, C 9 H 13 N, that stimulates the central nervous system: used chiefly to lift the mood in depressive states and to control the appetite in cases of obesity. Contemporary Examples How come in the amphetamine rush of the 1980s nobody worried about the sanctity of baseball? Clemens Prosecutors Strike Out Buzz […]
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek (amphibious); on this model, used with the meaning “two,” “both,” “on both sides,” in the formation of compound words: amphiaster. prefix on both sides; at both ends; of both kinds: amphipod, amphitrichous, amphibious around: amphibole before a vowel amph-, word-forming element from Greek amphi- “both, of both kinds, […]
a hero who joined the Seven against Thebes, although he knew that his death was fated: deified after death. Historical Examples The prophet Amphiaraus this, O my mistress, and with him the victims, the libations of the earth delighting in blood. The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Euripides I hold as a myth that Amphiaraus […]
a joint permitting only slight motion, as that between the vertebrae. noun (pl) -ses (-siːz) (anatomy) a type of articulation permitting only slight movement, as between the vertebrae of the backbone amphiarthrosis am·phi·ar·thro·sis (ām’fē-är-thrō’sĭs) n. See movable joint. am’phi·ar·thro’di·al (-thrō’dē-əl) adj.