amass

Amass means bring together or assemble. It can be a real shock to enter a room and see your amassed friends shouting "Surprise!"

Although the word amass should not be confused with "a mass," as in the thing you never want to hear has been found on your lung, they both derive from the Latin massa "lump." When you think about it, this makes sense. Whether soldiers or cancer cells, things that come together to form a whole — in this case, a tumor or an army — are amassed.

Definitions of amass
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v collect or gather

Synonyms:
accumulate, conglomerate, cumulate, gather, pile up
Types:
backlog
accumulate and create a backlog
accrete
grow or become attached by accretion
drift
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v get or gather together

“She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis”
Synonyms:
accumulate, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
Types:
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run up
pile up (debts or scores)
corral
collect or gather
collect, pull in
get or bring together
come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch
gather (money or other resources) together over time
chunk, lump
put together indiscriminately
bale
make into a bale
catch
take in and retain
fund
accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
fund
place or store up in a fund for accumulation
archive, file away
put into an archive
nickel-and-dime
accumulate gradually
beat up, drum up, rally
gather
Type of:
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use

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