amassed; amassing; amasses

transitive verb

: to collect for oneself : accumulate
amass a great fortune
: 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 noun

Example Sentences

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 The song's been featured on about 1,500 TikTok videos, while J.P. has amassed 1.6 million likes and more than 54,000 followers on his TikTok page. Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2023 Morello, of course, is well-known for his work with both Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two bands that have amassed more than 30 million album sales worldwide. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 15 May 2023 Jennings had an unbelievable 74-day winning streak, amassing $2,520,700. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 9 May 2023 The differential gave the Lakers a chance to amass easy points, slowed down the Warriors and has proven to be a significant factor. Game 1: The Lakers were 25 for 29 from the free throw line, the Warriors were 5 of 6 and the Lakers won, 117-112. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 7 May 2023 Varnerin, a Boston University commit, amassed 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) during his junior season, and has 10 goals this year during a 6-3 start for Westwood, raising his career total to 39 goals in three years. Zachary Lyons,, 3 May 2023 Ding’s victory sent waves through Chinese social media late in the evening, with a hashtag related to the new champion quickly amassing over 10 million views on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform. Dylan Loeb Mcclain, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2023 As a redshirt sophomore in 2021, Carter started 11 of 12 games and amassed 21 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Apr. 2023 Olive Garden first launched in the early 80’s in Orlando, Florida, and has amassed nearly 900 locations across the United States since. Kellie Benz, Country Living, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of amass was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Amass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to collect into a mass : accumulate
amasser noun

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