amass

verb \ ə-ˈmas \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of amass

transitive verb
1 :to collect for oneself :accumulate
  • amass a great fortune
2 :to collect into a mass :gather
  • must select rather than simply amass details
intransitive verb
:to come together :assemble
  • Dark clouds amassed over the city.

amasser

noun

amassment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of amass in a Sentence

  1. They've amassed a wealth of information.

  2. amassed a truckload of donations in the course of their canned food drive

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Origin and Etymology of amass

Anglo-French amasser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + masser to gather into a mass, from masse mass


AMASS Defined for English Language Learners

amass

verb

Definition of amass for English Language Learners

  • : to gather or collect (something, such as a large amount of money) especially for yourself


AMASS Defined for Kids

amass

verb \ ə-ˈmas \

Definition of amass for Students

amassed; amassing
:to collect or gather together
  • The businessman was able to amass a fortune.


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