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accumulate

[uh-kyoo-myuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.
  1. to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up: to accumulate wealth.
verb (used without object), ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.
  1. to gather into a heap, mass, cover, etc.; form a steadily increasing quantity: Snow accumulated in the driveway. His debts kept on accumulating.

Origin of accumulate

1520–30; < Latin accumulātus heaped up (past participle of accumulāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cumul(us) heap + -ātus -ate1
Related formsac·cu·mu·la·ble, adjectivenon·ac·cu·mu·lat·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ac·cu·mu·late, verb, o·ver·ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, o·ver·ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.pre·ac·cu·mu·late, verb (used with object), pre·ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, pre·ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.re·ac·cu·mu·late, verb, re·ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, re·ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.su·per·ac·cu·mu·late, verb (used without object), su·per·ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, su·per·ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.un·ac·cu·mu·la·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The painter can accumulate ugliness, but I do not remember a demon worth the name.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It would be easy as well as instructive to accumulate examples.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Upon the funeral pile they accumulate neither apparel nor perfumes.

  • From time to time it cleans out the dirt and rubbish which accumulate in the hole.

  • The “something” proved to be £2500, which was to accumulate in the hands of trustees.


British Dictionary definitions for accumulate

accumulate

verb
  1. to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect
Derived Formsaccumulable, adjectiveaccumulative, adjectiveaccumulatively, adverbaccumulativeness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin accumulātus, past participle of accumulāre to heap up, from cumulus a heap
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Word Origin and History for accumulate

v.

1520s, from Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare "to heap up" (see accumulation). Related: Accumulated; accumulating.

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