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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 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

Historical Examples

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.).


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