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accumulate

[uh-kyoo-myuh-leyt] /əˈkyu myəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), accumulated, accumulating.
1.
to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up:
to accumulate wealth.
verb (used without object), accumulated, accumulating.
2.
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
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin accumulātus heaped up (past participle of accumulāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cumul(us) heap + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
accumulable, adjective
nonaccumulating, adjective
overaccumulate, verb, overaccumulated, overaccumulating.
preaccumulate, verb (used with object), preaccumulated, preaccumulating.
reaccumulate, verb, reaccumulated, reaccumulating.
superaccumulate, verb (used without object), superaccumulated, superaccumulating.
unaccumulable, adjective
unaccumulated, adjective
well-accumulated, adjective
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Examples from the Web for accumulate
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  • 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 Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • The “something” proved to be £2500, which was to accumulate in the hands of trustees.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
British Dictionary definitions for accumulate

accumulate

/əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect
Derived Forms
accumulable, adjective
accumulative, adjective
accumulatively, adverb
accumulativeness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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