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amount

a·mount

amount

 
 
pronunciation:
maUnt
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: quantity; measure.
synonyms:
measure, number, portion, quantity, sum
similar words:
deal, lot, size, volume
definition 2: the sum of two or more quantities; total.
synonyms:
count, number, sum, total, whole
similar words:
aggregate, extent, figure, lot, portion
definition 3: the full impact or value; import.
synonyms:
extent, magnitude
similar words:
import, kit and kaboodle, significance, value
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: amounted, amounting, amounts
definition: to consist of or result in (usu. fol. by to).
The issue amounts to nothing.
synonyms:
consist, develop, result
similar words:
mean, progress
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Language Note
Amount or number? Which word is right for your sentence? Use amount when you are telling how much there is of something that cannot be counted in numbers.

A large amount of lava shot out of the volcano.

Use number when you are telling how many there are of something that can be counted.

A great number of rocks tumbled down the mountain.

Remember , the word quantity may be used both with things that can be counted and with things that cannot be counted.

Antarctica is covered by a great quantity of ice. A large quantity of penguins live in that frigid land.
Word History
Amount comes from amonter, an early French word that means "to go up" or "rise." The French word is from a Latin phrase that means "to the mountain."
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