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accumulate

[ uh-kyoo-myuh-leyt ]
/ əˈkyu myəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.

to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up: to accumulate wealth.

verb (used without object), ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, ac·cu·mu·lat·ing.

to gather into a heap, mass, cover, etc.; form a steadily increasing quantity: Snow accumulated in the driveway. His debts kept on accumulating.

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compile, acquire, swell, assemble, accrue, increase, collect, concentrate, gain, hoard, grow, expand, incorporate, cache, profit, gather, procure, unite, agglomerate, amalgamate

Nearby words

acculturation, acculturationist, acculturize, accum., accumbent, accumulate, accumulated, accumulation, accumulation point, accumulative, accumulator

Origin of accumulate

1520–30; < Latin accumulātus heaped up (past participle of accumulāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cumul(us) heap + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for accumulating

accumulate

/ (əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect
Derived Formsaccumulable, adjectiveaccumulative, adjectiveaccumulatively, adverbaccumulativeness, noun

Word Origin for accumulate

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

accumulate


v.

1520s, from Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare "to heap up" (see accumulation). Related: Accumulated; accumulating.

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