amount
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French amounter, from amount upward, from a- (from Latin ad-) + mont mountain — more at mount Date: 14th century 1. a. to be equivalent <
acts that amount to treason
>
b. to reach in kind or quality <
wants her son to amount to something
>
<
doesn't amount to much
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2. to reach a total ; add up <
the bill amounts to $10
>
II. noun Date: 1595 1. a. the total number or quantity ; aggregate b. the quantity at hand or under consideration <
has an enormous amount of energy
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2. the whole effect, significance, or import 3. a principal sum and the interest on it Usage: Number is regularly used with count nouns <
a large number of mistakes
>
<
any number of times
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while amount is mainly used with mass nouns <
annual amount of rainfall
>
<
a substantial amount of money
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. The use of amount with count nouns has been frequently criticized; it usually occurs when the number of things is thought of as a mass or collection <
glad to furnish any amount of black pebbles — New Yorker
>
<
a substantial amount of film offers — Lily Tomlin
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or when money is involved <
a substantial amount of loans — E. R. Black
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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