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

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 The Sheen family had amassed wealth through a sealant invented for cemetery vaults and through his relatives, Joe Sr. was able to live an affluent lifestyle. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 27 June 2024 The former model who has amassed more than 1.4 million followers on Instagram will see her limited-time-only curation of art, home furnishings, fashion and jewelry auctioned on online design marketplace 1stDibs Wednesday. Sofia Celeste, WWD, 26 June 2024 Barry Bonds — who happens to be Mays’ godson — amassed the most exceptional batting statistics in the history of baseball and Roger Clemens did close to the same as a pitcher in the modern era. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Donald Sutherland amassed some 200 film and TV credits spanning more than 60 years, from guesting on episodes of 1960s series including Suspense, The Avengers, Court Martial and The Odd Man to last year’s Paramount+ drama Bass Reeves. Erik Pedersen, Deadline, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for amass 

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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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“Amass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to collect into a mass : accumulate
amasser noun

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