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[uh-kyoo-myuh-ley-shuh n] /əˌkyu myəˈleɪ ʃən/
act or state of accumulating; state of being accumulated.
that which is accumulated; an accumulated amount, number, or mass.
growth by continuous additions, as of interest to principal.
Origin of accumulation
First recorded in 1480-90, accumulation is from the Latin word accumulātiōn- (stem of accumulātiō). See accumulate, -ion
Related forms
nonaccumulation, noun
overaccumulation, noun
preaccumulation, noun
reaccumulation, noun
superaccumulation, noun Unabridged
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  • Their forefathers were stationed there before them, and thus there has been an accumulation of local knowledge.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • The air reeked from the accumulation of filth during the siege of the city.

    A Soldier in the Philippines Needom N. Freeman
  • The greatest difficulty that was experienced was due to the accumulation of rime on the instruments.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • It was an age of accumulation, of uncritical and indiscriminate enthusiasm.

  • Where subsistence was scant, accumulation was at least slow.

    The Quest for a Lost Race Thomas E. Pickett
British Dictionary definitions for accumulation


the act or process of collecting together or becoming collected
something that has been collected, gathered, heaped, etc
  1. the continuous growth of capital by retention of interest or earnings
  2. (in computing the yield on a bond purchased at a discount) the amount that is added to each yield to bring the cost of the bond into equality with its par value over its life Compare amortization (sense 2)
the taking of a first and an advanced university degree simultaneously
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for accumulation

late 15c., from Latin accumulationem (nominative accumulatio) "a heaping up," noun of action from past participle stem of accumulare "to heap up, amass," from ad- "in addition" (see ad-) + cumulare "heap up," from cumulus "heap" (see cumulus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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