Meaning of “amount” in the English Dictionary

"amount" in British English

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amountnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈmaʊnt/ us /əˈmaʊnt/

B1 a collection or mass, especially of something that cannot be counted:

They didn't deliver the right amount of sand.
Small amounts of land were used for keeping animals.
He paid regular amounts of money to a charity.
I didn't expect the bill to come to this amount (= of money).
The new tax caused a huge amount of public anger.
I had a certain amount of (= some) difficulty finding the house.
You wouldn't believe the amount of trouble (= what a lot of trouble) I've had with this car.

More examples

  • A dangerous amount of radioactivity was released into the environment last month.
  • Some theatres receive a small amount of funding from the state.
  • They were making a tremendous amount of noise last night.
  • She eats an unbelievable amount of food.
  • The total amount raised so far is approaching $1000.

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(Definition of “amount” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"amount" in American English

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amountnoun [ C ]

us /əˈmɑʊnt/

the degree to which something is a lot or a little; how much something is:

She’s made a tremendous amount of progress since the accident.
He liked to carry a large amount of money around with him.

(Definition of “amount” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"amount" in Business English

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amountnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈmaʊnt/ us

MONEY a quantity of money:

a large/small/considerable amount You can make a considerable amount for only a few hours' work.
a certain/particular amount Payments are limited to a certain amount.
pay/spend/raise an amount If everyone in the company contributed just $10, this would raise the amount needed.
She was so disappointed with the service she refused to pay the full amount.
I didn't expect the bill to come to this amount.

a quantity of something such as time, space, a substance, or a feeling:

an amount of sth They didn't deliver the right amount of sand.
large/small amounts Small amounts of land were used for keeping animals.
a considerable/significant/huge amount The new tax caused a huge amount of anger among small business owners.
Both solutions take about the same amount of time.
any amount of sth

a very large amount of something:

We had any amount of trouble finishing the job.

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(Definition of “amount” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)