\ 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 \ ə-​ˈmas-​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
Recent Examples on the Web Goff only had 186 yards passing with one touchdown and an interception, amassing a meager 12.3 fantasy points in Week 1 against Carolina. Frankie Taddeo,, "Fantasy Football: Kyler Murray, Aaron Jones Among Risky Plays in Week 2," 12 Sep. 2019 As a Buckeye, Barrett started in 44 games amassing 9,434 passing yards and 104 touchdown passes. Stephen Means,, "Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett signs with the Seattle Seahawks," 10 Aug. 2019 After starting football in 2012, Oxbridge Academy has been one of the state’s top school programs, amassing a 30-6 record over the past three years. Wells Dusenbury,, "Oxbridge Academy reaffirms decision to shut down football program after meeting with parents," 26 June 2018 The 44-year-old was among the most dynamic players in baseball during his career, amassing 696 home runs and 3,115 hits across 22 seasons. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Alicia Keys gets into the La Jolla state of mind," 14 Sep. 2019 China, meanwhile, has continued to permit sales of pangolins and pangolin scale products within its borders, insisting that the scales come from stockpiles amassed before the international trade bans went into effect. Rachael Bale, National Geographic, "Pangolin scale medicines no longer covered by Chinese insurance," 29 Aug. 2019 The People’s Liberation Army has a permanent presence in Hong Kong, while there have been reports of China’s paramilitary police force amassing in the nearby city of Shenzhen. Time, "Chinese State Media Warns of Intervention as Hong Kong Protests Turn Violent," 26 Aug. 2019 Globally, Lion King is already a member of the billion-dollar club, amassing $1.46 billion to date in global ticket sales. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Lion King' Bites Into Another Milestone, Crosses $500M in U.S.," 22 Aug. 2019 Aside from his obvious chops within the front office, Guerin also was a heck of a player in his heyday, amassing 429 goals and 427 assists across an illustrious 18-year career, spending the most time with the New Jersey Devils. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Source: Wild intend to hire Bill Guerin as general manager," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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