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From a- + Old French moncel.




  1. (reflexive) to build up; to pile up
    • 1862, Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, I.2.xiii:
      Des pensées inexprimables s'amoncelèrent ainsi en lui toute la journée.
      Inexpressible thoughts built up like this inside him all day long.
  2. (transitive, uncommon) to pile up


  • This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il amoncèle rather than *il amoncele. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

Traditionally, this verb was also conjugated thus:

  • With the exception of appeler, jeter and their derived verbs, all verbs that used to double the consonants can also now be conjugated like amener.

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