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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
acquire/assemble/amass a collectionformal
▪ The two men amassed a remarkable collection of medieval manuscripts.
▪ The Lewins amassed the collection over more than 40 years.
▪ On arrival in the New World, Tawell's wife found that her husband had amassed an immense fortune.
▪ How did you amass such a fortune?
▪ Soon, John Piper had amassed a considerable fortune.
▪ He was a career civil servant who had allegedly amassed a fortune.
▪ His father, of Gipton, Leeds, said his son had amassed a fortune.
▪ I was beyond fury at this little creature, who had spoiled my chances at amassing a fortune of pink clay.
▪ Before the end of the Interregnum he had amassed a modest fortune and had begun styling himself gentleman.
▪ Before he was jailed in 1995 for six years for indecent assault, Allen amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune.
▪ During the course of her lifetime, Mrs. Boone amassed over $5 million.
▪ Over the years he had amassed an absolute fortune.
▪ The Lewins amassed their art collection over more than 40 years.
▪ He had time to amass a large repertoire of 32 concertos and many dozens of solo works.
▪ His father, of Gipton, Leeds, said his son had amassed a fortune.
▪ How did you amass such a fortune?
▪ In Loreauville, Louisiana, twenty Republicans, mostly blacks, entered the city cheering and shouting profanities at the amassed Democrats.
▪ On arrival in the New World, Tawell's wife found that her husband had amassed an immense fortune.
▪ Riordan has already amassed nearly $ 2 million in campaign contributions.
▪ The sheer weight of dicta amassed was intimidating, but Mr. Ashworth conceded he could find no authority actually binding on me.
▪ Under the old system many women amass secret savings unbeknown to their husbands.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Amass \A*mass"\, n. [OF. amasse, fr. ambusher.] A mass; a heap. [Obs.]
--Sir H. Wotton.


Amass \A*mass"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amassed; p. pr. & vb. n. Amassing.] [F. ambusher, LL. amassare; L. ad + massa lump, mass. See Mass.] To collect into a mass or heap; to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate; as, to amass a treasure or a fortune; to amass words or phrases.

The life of Homer has been written by amassing all the traditions and hints the writers could meet with.

Syn: To accumulate; heap up; pile.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., "to heap up for oneself," from Old French amasser, from à "to" (see ad-) + masser (see mass (n.1)). Related: Amassed; amassing.


n. (context obsolete English) A mass; a heap. vb. (context transitive English) To collect into a mass or heap; to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate.

  1. v. collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up" [syn: accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather]

  2. get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune" [syn: roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, compile, hoard]


Amass is a verb meaning to accumulate.

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  • Airport Movement Area Safety System

Usage examples of "amass".

The alternative, proposed by my Lord Bacon, is to amass evidence, and then to frame an explanation which takes into account all that is known.

But Michael had risen above it all to amass a fortune and a good reputation.

So I could do nothing: once I had deciphered the letter, discovered who had written it, and amassed more evidence, then perhaps I could present a stronger case, but until then I had to keep my suspicions to myself.

So I abandoned my original work and began the greater one, even though I had amassed considerable material by that stage and publication would, undoubtedly, have gained me both the fame in the world and the patronage of the mighty which have forever eluded my grasp.

WMD, no small concern in a nation that had once amassed a considerable arsenal of chemical weapons, biological agents, and Scud missiles, and was not now a model of governmental organization.

United States invaded with a force that was far smaller than the one it amassed for the 1991 Persian Gulf War and without waiting to carry out a long, preparatory air campaign.

A brother used to buy her in Government securities at their lowest rate and sell at their rise, and in this manner, being able to wait for their rise, and fall, she had amassed a considerable sum.

Unfortunately, even though he amassed a fortune far greater than what was needed to restore the family honor, his father continued to gamble it away.

The man had only to scan her plain attire to know she was not the kind of woman who amassed ornaments, costly or otherwise.

And there is no place better for making a name than the Inns of Court, and no profession more suited for amassing wealth than the law.

Persian Gulf, Bush said in a 1999 speech at the Citadel, was an impressive accomplishment, but also one that had taken six months of planning, amassing of military forces and supplies, and preparation.

Kind Heart wishes to consult with King Cyranius, or if he needs assistance, the king and his army shall be amassing outside the palace as soon as the steeds can carry us there.

Tykir shook his head in amusement at his friend, who appeared to be amassing a fortune off the back of Lady Alinor.

What a preposterous glut of paper and ink he has amassed, loose leaves and envelopes and journals with spines and notebooks sewn with string, all neatly filled with his blockish, inelegant handwriting, all annotated with symbols in his own private code, signifying such things as further study needed or but is this really true?

Inside, they found him remonstrating with a dowdily dressed woman who seemed interested in some toilet preparations that he had amassed a stack of in one of the rooms.