amass

[ uh-mas ]
/ əˈmæs /

verb (used with object)

to gather for oneself; collect as one's own: to amass a huge amount of money.
to collect into a mass or pile; gather: He amassed his papers for his memoirs.

verb (used without object)

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
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  • The struggle for the first nickel had been wearing and wearying, but the amassment of the second was beyond description difficult.

British Dictionary definitions for amassment

amass

/ (əˈmæs) /

verb

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

Word Origin for amass

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

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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