Definition of amass in English:



  • 1 Gather together or accumulate (a large amount or number of material or things) over a period of time.

    ‘he amassed a fortune estimated at close to a million pounds’
    • ‘In more trials with indigenous plants, his immediate challenge was to amass sufficient quantities of seed so that large areas might be replanted.’
    • ‘But he failed to answer questions that the Treasury had amassed four billion pounds extra in tax through the increases.’
    • ‘Since 1997 he has amassed a vast store of knowledge as a maverick manufacturer of beautifully crafted racing motorcycles.’
    • ‘The police have amassed a huge amount of evidence which they will now go through.’
    • ‘Aristotle was an industrious collector who amassed a prodigious quantity of information on a vast variety of topics.’
    • ‘By the time the opposition amassed its figures of discrepancy, most of the groups had filed their reports and left.’
    • ‘Traditionally only organizations had the resources to amass large amounts of consumer information.’
    • ‘Little is known about how he amassed such a huge fortune before his death in 1852 aged 72.’
    • ‘But eventually you're out there playing shows all the time, and you amass enough material, and you think it's time to sink or swim and take it seriously.’
    • ‘She was herself a stock broker for a number of years, and through her company amassed a fortune.’
    • ‘He amassed a fortune through dubious means, yet cracked down on corruption’
    • ‘I am pleased to report that the chest of drawers is indeed still white on the top and that I seem to have amassed a hefty quantity of necklaces.’
    • ‘They amassed a number of chances to put victory beyond doubt before half-time.’
    • ‘You would be right in saying that just as he has numerous people who seem to hang on his every word, he has also amassed a significant number of critics.’
    • ‘The £11 cash value of a single ticket was then removed, and the money was amassed over a long period of time.’
    • ‘Yet, it has still managed to amass a huge amount of cash and a reputation as an aggressive and relentless competitor.’
    • ‘They looked upon electoral victory as licence to abuse power, help cronies and amass huge fortunes.’
    • ‘He found the most beautiful ring, and amassed a huge amount of knowledge on the subject.’
    • ‘Peirce spent five years studying the case and amassed an astonishing quantity of information.’
    • ‘His firm has amassed its billions mainly from large institutional clients and pension funds.’
    gather, collect, assemble
    accumulate, stockpile, pile up, heap up, rack up, run up, scrape together, hoard, cumulate, accrue, lay in, lay up, garner
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    1. 1.1archaic [no object]Gather together in a crowd or group.
      ‘the soldiers were amassing from all parts of Spain’
      • ‘Many gasps were heard from a small crowd that had amassed above him, as he brought the sword to his side and faced his enemy.’
      • ‘The 23-year-old Swiss rider stormed clear with one kilometre to go as the sprinters were amassing for a bunch finish.’
      • ‘A group, which even has its own website, is amassing in a region called Sulawesi.’
      • ‘The 1,600 troops taking part began amassing around St James's Palace in the early hours of the morning and the procession began to move at 6am as the sun came up.’


Late 15th century: from French amasser or medieval Latin amassare, based on Latin massa lump (see mass).