amass /əˈmas/


I. verb [with obj.]

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.
2. [no obj.]
‹archaic› gather together in a crowd or group

the soldiers were amassing from all parts of Spain.
II. derivatives


– origin late 15th cent.: from French amasser or medieval Latin amassare, based on Latin massa ‘lump’ (see mass).

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