the sum total of two or more quantities or sums; aggregate.
the sum of the principal and interest of a loan.
quantity; measure:
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.
Contemporary Examples

The amounts of “material unaccounted for” were classified by the AEC.
Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing Saga Mirrors the Karen Silkwood Case Richard Rashke July 1, 2013

However, campaigns are legally required to disclose bundlers who are registered lobbyists, as well as the amounts they bundle.
Meet Romney’s Bundlers Peter Schweizer September 27, 2012

Sometimes this amounts to nothing more than pressuring friends into listening to a song we desperately love.
The ‘SNL’ Race Controversy: Why Leslie Jones Can Say What She Likes Phoebe Robinson May 5, 2014

Loaning people small amounts of money against their next paycheck?
America’s Nastiest Lender Gary Rivlin June 24, 2011

The NCAA is in control and the athletes are told that when they sign what amounts to a contract with schools.
College Football’s Toughest Play: Unionizing Evan Weiner January 29, 2014

Historical Examples

Her education is cared for after a fashion, but amounts to very little.
Lights and Shadows of New York Life James D. McCabe

Only, just think what it amounts to—prying into the affairs of a stranger.
The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens

What it all amounts to is that the labor of the world is naturally divided between the two different beings that people the world.
Anti-Suffrage Essays Various

Their “luck” with Chrysanthemums amounts almost to magic sometimes.
The Mayflower, January, 1905 Various

It amounts to just this: If God is what we think him to be, he must do what seems wise to us.
Who Wrote the Bible? Washington Gladden

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.).


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