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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to come together; assemble: crowds amassing for the parade.
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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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Related Words for amassing

garner, compile, collect, stockpile, assemble, hoard, aggregate, pile, heap, store, corral

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British Dictionary definitions for amassing


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

Word Origin for amass

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



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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