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accumulate

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

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

: to increase gradually in amount as time passes

ac·cu·mu·lat·edac·cu·mu·lat·ing

Full Definition of ACCUMULATE

transitive verb
:  to gather or pile up especially little by little :  amass <accumulate a fortune>
intransitive verb
:  to increase gradually in quantity or number
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Examples of ACCUMULATE

  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

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ACCUMULATING Defined for Kids

accumulate

verb ac·cu·mu·late \ə-ˈkyü-myə-ˌlāt\
ac·cu·mu·lat·edac·cu·mu·lat·ing

Definition of ACCUMULATE for Kids

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

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