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amass

[uh-mas]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to gather for oneself; collect as one's own: to amass a huge amount of money.
  2. to collect into a mass or pile; gather: He amassed his papers for his memoirs.
verb (used without object)
  1. to come together; assemble: crowds amassing for the parade.

Origin of amass

1475–85; < French amasser, equivalent to a- a-5 + masse mass + -er infinitive suffix
Related formsa·mass·a·ble, adjectivea·mass·er, nouna·mass·ment, nounre·a·mass, verb (used with object)re·a·mass·ment, nounun·a·massed, adjective

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1. accumulate. 2. assemble, aggregate.
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  • And Rembrandt died insolvent, while Sir Godfrey amassed a fortune!

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • The father of one had amassed a handsome fortune in the tailoring business.

  • They seized the chances for industry and commerce and amassed wealth.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • She remembered that it was there her father had amassed his wealth.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page

  • He was a clever, prudent, enterprising man, and amassed a large fortune.

    Flora Lyndsay

    Susan Moodie


British Dictionary definitions for amassed

amass

verb
  1. (tr) to accumulate or collect (esp riches, etc)
  2. to gather in a heap; bring together
Derived Formsamasser, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French amasser, from masse mass
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Word Origin and History for amassed

amass

v.

late 15c., "to heap up for oneself," from Old French amasser, from à "to" (see ad-) + masser (see mass (n.1)). Related: Amassed; amassing.

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