\ ə-ˈmas How to pronounce amass (audio) \
amassed; amassing; amasses

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.

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Other Words from amass

amasser noun
amassment \ -​mənt How to pronounce amassment (audio) \ noun

Examples of amass in a Sentence

They've amassed a wealth of information. amassed a truckload of donations in the course of their canned food drive

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In the opening Iowa caucuses, that could prove to be crucial in amassing the 15 percent support required for a candidate to claim convention delegates. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, "Poll: What do Democrats want to hear about at the debates? (Hint: It's not Trump.)," 19 June 2019 Here's a breakdown of how the TV star amassed her enormous fortune. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Law and Order: SVU' Star Mariska Hargitay's Net Worth Will Blow You Away," 8 June 2019 As for the First Division, that was won by Liverpool, who amassed a staggering, er, 61 points from 42 games., "UEFA Nations League Victory Would Crown Greatest Ever Year for English Football," 4 June 2019 Since starting the account just a year ago, Holland has amassed 170,000 followers, and receives hundreds of messages a day suggesting new images to feature. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside Every Interior Designer's Favorite Account on Instagram," 17 May 2019 Museum-worthy collections of Louis XV, Art Deco, and Memphis have been amassed and summarily sold off. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 According to Mustangs coach David Mason, Heritage has now scored 64 goals and amassed 72 points this season. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Hammond girls lacrosse roars back to upend Meade, 14-11," 26 Apr. 2018 Online movie ticketing service Fandango is launching a rewards program that will allow members to amass points before redeeming a $6 credit that can be used for a movie ticket or other Fandango offerings. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fandango Launches Rewards Program in Advance of Summer Box Office," 17 Apr. 2018 In District 23-5A, Marshall used its traditional sprinting and hurdling prowess to amass 140 points in the boys standings, finishing ahead of Manvel (112), Shadow Creek (97) and Elkins (82). Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Hightower, Travis, Marshall sprint to district titles," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of amass

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for amass

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

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English Language Learners Definition of amass

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


\ ə-ˈmas How to pronounce amass (audio) \
amassed; amassing

Kids Definition of amass

: to collect or gather together The businessman was able to amass a fortune.

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to take the place or position of

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