\ 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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The deeper and wider your navel is, the more space available for fluff to amass. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 Tailback Alex Barnes became just the fourth Wildcat in school history to amass 1,000 yards before the start of his junior year. Matt Murschel,, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 2018 The quarterback became the second player in state history to amass 10,000 all-purpose yards in his career and had a hand in 145 touchdowns. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The two-timers club: A look at athletes named All-Suburban Player of the Year multiple times," 10 July 2018 The group used donations from followers and earnings from yoga classes and health food businesses to amass cash to buy land and equipment. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 The foundation was able to amass more than 25 sponsors. Sara Clarkson,, "Bees on Parade creating a lot of buzz, beauty in Clarendon Hills," 28 June 2018 The goal is not to be the first to finish the 8-day course, but to amass the most points by navigating to more than 100 checkpoints spread over 2,000 kilometers in California and Nevada. Pam Kragen,, "Leucadian behind wheel of all-women off-road event," 15 Apr. 2018 For Candace, her childhood role as DJ Tanner propelled her into a world of opportunities, amassing a net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019 Together, the channels have more than 17 million subscribers and have amassed billions of views; each features a rotating cast of more than 20 girls, all between eight and 18 years old. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 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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