1. The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
2. A number; a sum.
3. A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
4. The full effect or meaning; import.
5. Quantity: a great amount of intelligence.
intr.v. a·mount·ed, a·mount·ing, a·mounts
1. To add up in number or quantity: The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.
2. To add up in import or effect: That plan will never amount to anything.
3. To be equivalent or tantamount: accusations that amount to an indictment.
[From Middle English amounten, to ascend, from Old French amonter, from amont, upward, from Latin ad montem, to the hill : ad, to; see ad- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + mōns, mont-, hill; see men-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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