Definition of amount noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈmaʊnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmaʊnt//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1  a sum of money The insurance company will refund any amount due to you. You will receive a bill for the full amount. Small amounts will be paid in cash.
  2. 2  amount (of something) (used especially with uncountable nouns) a quantity of something an amount of time/money/information We've had an enormous amount of help from people. The server is designed to store huge amounts of data.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Old French amunter, from amont ‘upward’, literally ‘uphill’, from Latin ad montem. The noun use dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples He drank copious amounts of beer. Mix the colours in equal amounts. Tap water also contains varying amounts of rust and grit. The amount of reclaimed glass used in industry has doubled in the last five years. The average amount of pocket money received by teenagers fell to £4 a week this year. The average amount of sunshine fell this year. The sauce has just the right amount of salt. There was a fair amount of traffic on the roads. They want to limit the amount of cash available. You have a certain amount of freedom to explore new techniques. You must pay back the full amount of money that you owe. a considerable amount of money an amount equivalent to 0.3% per annum exposure to high amounts of oxygen There’s been any amount of research into the subject. We’ve had an enormous amount of help from people.Idioms
    any amount of something
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    a large quantity of something There's been any amount of research into the subject.
    used for saying that something will have no effect No amount of encouragement would make him jump into the pool.
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