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amass

[uh-mas] /əˈmæs/
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)
3.
to come together; assemble:
crowds amassing for the parade.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < French amasser, equivalent to a- a-5 + masse mass + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
amassable, adjective
amasser, noun
amassment, noun
reamass, verb (used with object)
reamassment, noun
unamassed, adjective
Synonyms
1. accumulate. 2. assemble, aggregate.
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British Dictionary definitions for amass

amass

/əˈmæs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to accumulate or collect (esp riches, etc)
2.
to gather in a heap; bring together
Derived Forms
amasser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French amasser, from massemass
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Word Origin and History for 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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