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)

  1. to come together; assemble: crowds amassing for the parade.


  1. (tr) to accumulate or collect (esp riches, etc)
  2. to gather in a heap; bring together

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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