Meaning of AMOUNT in English


I. a ‧ mount 1 S1 W1 /əˈmaʊnt/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

1 . a quantity of something such as time, money, or a substance

amount of

They spend equal amounts of time in California and New York.

a considerable/large/enormous etc amount

a considerable amount of money

a small/tiny etc amount

a tiny amount of dirt

Please pay the full amount (=of money) by the end of the month.

2 . used to talk about how much there is of a feeling or quality

a large/considerable etc amount of something

Her case has attracted an enormous amount of public sympathy.

a certain/fair amount of something

Dina encountered a fair amount of envy among her colleagues.

3 . no amount of something can/will etc do something used to say that something has no effect:

No amount of persuasion could make her change her mind.

4 . any amount of something used to say that there is plenty of something, and no more is needed:

The school has any amount of resources and equipment.

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▪ amount how much of something there is:

Try to reduce the amount of fat in your diet.


a tiny amount of poison

▪ quantity a particular amount of food, liquid, or another substance that can be measured – used especially in written descriptions and instructions:

Make sure that you add the right quantity of milk.


They buy the wood in large quantities.

▪ volume the amount of something such as business activity or traffic, especially when this is large or increasing:

The volume of traffic on our roads has risen sharply.


the huge volume of trade with China

▪ level the exact amount of something at one time, which can go up or down at other times:

They measured the level of alcohol in his blood.


There is a high level of unemployment.

▪ proportion the amount of something, compared with the whole amount that exists:

the proportion of road accidents caused by drunk drivers


A high proportion of the students were from poor families.

▪ quota a maximum amount of something that can be produced, sold, brought into a country etc:

import quotas on Japanese cars

▪ yield /jiːld/ the amount of something that is produced, especially crops:

this year’s cotton yield

II. amount 2 BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: amonter , from amont 'upward' , from mont 'mountain' ]

amount to something phrasal verb

1 . if figures, sums etc amount to a particular total, they equal that total when they are added together:

Time lost through illness amounted to 1,357 working days.

2 . if an attitude, remark, situation etc amounts to something, it has the same effect:

The court’s decision amounts to a not guilty verdict.

Ultimately, their ideas amount to the same thing.

3 . not amount to much/anything/a great deal etc to not be important, valuable, or successful:

Her academic achievements don’t amount to much.

Jim’s never going to amount to much.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.