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
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

Synonyms for amass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of amassment

  • 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



(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



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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