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[verb kyoo-myuh-leyt; adjective kyoo-myuh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), cu·mu·lat·ed, cu·mu·lat·ing.
  1. to heap up; amass; accumulate.
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  1. heaped up.
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Origin of cumulate

1525–35; < Latin cumulātus (past participle of cumulāre to heap up, pile up, accumulate), equivalent to cumul(us) a heap, pile, mass, cumulus + -ātus -ate1
Related formscu·mu·late·ly, adverbde·cu·mu·late, verb (used with object), de·cu·mu·lat·ed, de·cu·mu·lat·ing.
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Historical Examples

  • His huge chest, rising, falling, betrayed the cumulating fires within.


    George Allan England

  • The steady, cumulating influences of the whole atmosphere of civic life must lead to a slow but persistent change.

British Dictionary definitions for cumulating


verb (ˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt)
  1. to accumulate
  2. (tr) to combine (two or more sequences) into one
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adjective (ˈkjuːmjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. heaped up
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Derived Formscumulately, adverbcumulation, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin cumulāre from cumulus heap
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Word Origin and History for cumulating



1530s, from Latin cumulatus "heaped, increased, augmented," past participle of cumulare "to heap," from cumulus "mound, heap" (see cumulus). Related: Cumulated; cumulating.

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