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
Moderna said Wednesday its study has accumulated more than 53 infections, allowing a preliminary analysis of the shot’s effectiveness to begin.Moderna shares soar as markets bet its COVID vaccine trial is on the same track as Pfizer’s | Claire Zillman, reporter | November 12, 2020 | Fortune
Transfer the baking sheet to a heatproof surface, and gently and carefully tilt the duck over a medium bowl to drain the juices that have accumulated inside the cavity.Orange-sriracha glazed duck and roasted fruit are a stunning sheet-pan dinner combination | Olga Massov | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
For sustainable fitness gains, critics argued, lifting to complete failure in every set was mentally exhausting and physically draining, and it would ultimately lead to accumulating fatigue and diminishing returns.
As of Tuesday, Singapore’s accumulated case numbers totaled nearly 58,000, with 28 deaths.CEO Anthony Tan says Grab is partnering with Microsoft to reskill drivers | eamonbarrett | October 27, 2020 | Fortune
Economists say the longer that young people are forced to delay their careers, the worse their prospects will be in the future to hold a job, accumulate wealth, or even get married or start a family.Are America’s twenty-somethings doomed to become a lost generation? | Bernhard Warner | October 24, 2020 | Fortune
Idiocies multiply in direct proportion to the accumulating legal rigidities.
The scientific evidence on which he would base the decision was accumulating.
In economic life, market signals ignore greenhouse gases, so the carbon economy keeps accumulating wealth.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical | Jedediah Purdy | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You knew that where there's big money, there's always somebody that's pretty clever at accumulating some of it.Bob Kurland, the First Player to Dunk, Was a Pioneer for Big Men | Kevin Fixler | March 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in the South, the utter lack of status had prevented black Southerners from accumulating wealth in the first place.
His accumulating doubts hitherto unexpressed, almost unacknowledged even, were now confirmed.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
You will find it, however, a very pleasant thing to sit at ease in your own parlor while your husband is accumulating a fortune.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
No misfortunes could disturb the serenity of her soul, and no accumulating perils could daunt her courage.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Daudet drew on his experiences, and on the notes he was always accumulating, more strenuously than he should have done.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
Since the banking situation went bad, she has been accumulating government bonds.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
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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