Verb amass Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


amass (third-person singular simple present amasses, present participle amassing, simple past and past participle amassed)

  1. (transitive) To collect into a mass or heap
  2. (transitive) to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate.

More definition: gather for oneself; collect as one's own, to amass a huge amount of money. collect into a mass or pile; gather, He amassed his papers for his memoirs. come together; assemble, crowds amassing for the parade.

1. (transitive) to accumulate or collect (esp riches, etc)

2. to gather in a heap; bring together Derived Formsamasser, noun Word OriginC15, from Old French amasser, from massemassCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 15c., "to heap up for oneself," from Old French amasser, from à "to" (see ad-) + masser (see mass (n.1)). Related, Amassed; amassing.


It let her amass an army unlike any that had ever existed and showed her the key to victory.

In these circumstances there grew up in Rome a class of wealthy ' men, whose sole occupation it was to amass large fortunes by speculation,' and who found a most lucrative field of enterprise ' in state contracts and the farming of the public revenues.

Chief amongst these are the Brahmans who minister for" unclean "Sudras and lower castes, including the makers and dealers in spirituous liquors; as well as those who officiate at the great public shrines or places of pilgrimage where they might be liable to accept forbidden gifts, and, as a matter of fact, often amass considerable wealth; and those who officiate as paid priests at cremations and funeral rites, when the wearing apparel and bedding of the deceased are not unfrequently claimed by them as their perquisites.

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