- 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.
Origin of accumulate
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Examples from the Web for accumulating
Idiocies multiply in direct proportion to the accumulating legal rigidities.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The scientific evidence on which he would base the decision was accumulating.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
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
March 21, 2014
But in the South, the utter lack of status had prevented black Southerners from accumulating wealth in the first place.David's Bookclub: The Warmth of Other Suns
May 20, 2013
Arkady Gaydamak, a Russian-Israeli oilman and financier, explained his elite view of accumulating wealth to me in 2005.21st Century Cronyism: Quite a Profitable Game!
March 18, 2013
I watch them accumulating just as I watch the waves of the sea.My Double Life
She fancied every man a seducer, and every hour an hour of accumulating peril!Beaux and Belles of England
All kinds of impressions, you see, had been accumulating, and they thronged like phantoms about me.
Some of those who are with us, and yet not of us, are accumulating wealth.Broken Bread
There it goes on accumulating as a result of industry; but what then?
- to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect
C16: from Latin accumulātus, past participle of accumulāre to heap up, from cumulus a heap
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Word Origin and History for accumulating
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