Definition of amass in English:

amass

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Pronunciation: /əˈmas
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Gather together or accumulate (a large amount or number of material or things) over a period of time: he amassed a fortune estimated at close to a million pounds
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    • The police have amassed a huge amount of evidence which they will now go through.
    • He found the most beautiful ring, and amassed a huge amount of knowledge on the subject.
    • Yet, it has still managed to amass a huge amount of cash and a reputation as an aggressive and relentless competitor.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [no object] archaic Gather together in a crowd or group: the soldiers were amassing from all parts of Spain
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    • Many gasps were heard from a small crowd that had amassed above him, as he brought the sword to his side and faced his enemy.
    • The 23-year-old Swiss rider stormed clear with one kilometre to go as the sprinters were amassing for a bunch finish.
    • A group, which even has its own website, is amassing in a region called Sulawesi.

Derivatives

amasser

noun
More example sentences
  • ‘They are great amassers of power, which they have leveraged for wealth,’ said one former high-ranking golf administrator.
  • I myself am an amasser of many odd and pretty things, so I could appreciate Steven's menagerie quite well.
  • And who was this Evans, this wealthy connoisseur, benefactor and amasser of valuables?

Origin

late 15th century: from French amasser or medieval Latin amassare, based on Latin massa 'lump' (see mass).

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