to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up: to accumulate wealth.
to gather into a heap, mass, cover, etc.; form a steadily increasing quantity: Snow accumulated in the driveway. His debts kept on accumulating.
- ac·cu·mu·la·ble, adjective
- non·ac·cu·mu·lat·ing, adjective
- o·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, adjective
- un·ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, adjective
- well-ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, adjective
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How to use accumulate in a sentence
If you want to try this method, I’d suggest you carry a pack of tissues with you so you can replace the one inside your mask as necessary, as moisture can accumulate and dampen it.The best ways to stop a mask from fogging up your glasses, ranked | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
Infections were accumulating so fast in the trial that Moderna’s analysis ended up being based on 95 cases, the company said.Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective | kdunn6 | November 16, 2020 | Fortune
Not to mention, it takes time to accumulate domain authority.
This afternoon, we’ll be left with some drizzle, and perhaps a shower or two but the accumulating rainfall is mostly over.D.C.-area forecast: After up to 4 inches, rain eases this afternoon; skies brighten Friday through the weekend | David Streit | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Since the turn of the millennium, only two teams10 have lifted the Premier League trophy after accumulating 81 points or fewer.Liverpool And Manchester City Look Ordinary. Are They? | Terrence Doyle | November 12, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
In our digital world, all the accumulated knowledge of human history is available in the palm of our hands.
For example, a website accumulated all of my music videos to point out perceived Illuminati images.
The crowd that accumulated to watch the squabble reportedly applauded and cheered as Bieber fled the scene.An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber | Amy Zimmerman | July 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The raw numbers that he accumulated over his 19 years in that uniform—at least, the raw offensive numbers—are unarguably great.Why We Worship Derek Jeter (Even If He Kinda Sucks at Shortstop) | Robert Silverman | February 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Guardian reported in 2007 that he had accumulated $40 billion in hidden wealth.
Thus among the huge mass of accumulated commodities the simplest wants would go unsatisfied.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In the midst of accumulated wealth social justice seems as far away as ever.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The dry earth, sun-baked to a depth of many feet, was giving off its store of heat accumulated during the day.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
At last the accumulated horrors shook even his firm spirit, and on June 4th a capitulation was agreed on.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
By the repetition of this process, a layer of several feet in thickness, of an excellent soil, is accumulated on the surface.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for accumulate
to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect
- accumulable, adjective
- accumulative, adjective
- accumulatively, adverb
- accumulativeness, noun
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