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accumulate

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verb, ac·cu·mu·late \ə-ˈkyü-m(y)ə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of accumulate

  • : to gather or acquire (something) gradually as time passes

  • : to increase gradually in amount as time passes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accumulate

accumulatedaccumulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to gather or pile up especially little by little :  amass <accumulate a fortune>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to increase gradually in quantity or number

Examples of accumulate in a sentence

  1. Evidence of his guilt is accumulating.

  2. <the number of complaints about that mail order firm is really accumulating>



Origin of accumulate

Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare, from ad- + cumulare to heap up — more at cumulate


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with accumulate

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ACCUMULATE Defined for Kids

accumulate

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verb ac·cu·mu·late \ə-ˈkyü-myə-ˌlāt\

Definition of accumulate for Students

accumulatedaccumulating

  1. 1 :  collect 3, gather <In a very short time they had accumulated all sorts of fascinating facts about tombs and temples … — Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game>

  2. 2 :  to increase in quantity or number <My money is accumulating.>




Law Dictionary

accumulate

verb ac·cu·mu·late

Legal Definition of accumulate

accumulatedaccumulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to gather especially little by little; specifically :  to add (income from a fund) back into the principal
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to increase gradually in amount or number





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