accumulate

verb
ac·​cu·​mu·​late | \ ə-ˈkyü-m(y)ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce accumulate (audio) \
accumulated; accumulating

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 snow accumulating to a depth of several feet

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Examples of accumulate in a Sentence

Evidence of his guilt is accumulating. the number of complaints about that mail order firm is really accumulating

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When lithium accumulates in the ribbon, the resistance drops, allowing a second set of electrodes to detect the presence of lithium. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "High-density lithium in graphene: An intriguing battery possibility," 29 Nov. 2018 Lyft announced a new loyalty program on Monday, in which riders accumulate points that can be exchanged for trip upgrades or access to more experienced drivers. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft planning to introduce a rewards program for riders," 12 Nov. 2018 On May 30, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a satellite orbiting the planet, detected dust accumulating in the atmosphere near where the Opportunity rover was operating. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Unexpected Component Helped Curiosity Observe a Martian Dust Storm," 27 Sep. 2018 Try creating more habitat for firefly larvae by letting some brush and logs accumulate under the trees in your yard. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 The practical takeaway, according to the researchers, is that anything that lowers the levels of adenosine accumulating in your brain has the potential to improve your endurance performance. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 Mobile genetic elements accumulated in specific regions of the brains of mouse pups if the pups had poor maternal care. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Early Life Experience: It’s in Your DNA," 10 July 2018 In all, Scorpion's tracks accumulated more than 1 billion streams globally in the most recent tracking week (June 29-July 5), the set's first week available, making it the first album to reach the milestone. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Drake's 'Scorpion' Is the First Album to Hit 1 Billion Global Streams in a Single Week," 6 July 2018 Cars will be positioned into qualifying races Thursday based on points accumulated in Wednesday’s heats. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "$15,000 USAC midget race, named for Bryan Clauson, kicks off NASCAR Brickyard 400," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of accumulate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for accumulate

borrowed from Latin accumulātus, past participle of accumulāre "to heap up, add to, increase," from ad- ad- + cumulāre "to gather into a heap" — more at cumulate

Note: In part a Latinization of Middle French accumuler.

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accumulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accumulate

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

accumulate

verb
ac·​cu·​mu·​late | \ ə-ˈkyü-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce accumulate (audio) \
accumulated; accumulating

Kids Definition of accumulate

1 : collect sense 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.

accumulate

verb
ac·​cu·​mu·​late
accumulated; accumulating

Legal Definition of accumulate

transitive verb

: to gather especially little by little specifically : to add (income from a fund) back into the principal

intransitive verb

: to increase gradually in amount or number

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