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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The Top Artist is determined by total points accumulated through both the Japan Hot 100 and the Hot Albums charts. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Billboard Japan's Mid-Year Charts: Aimyon, Kenshi Yonezu & Gen Hoshino Lead," 7 June 2019 Still, even with the pile of leaves accumulating from the large tree, the garden is a calming, peaceful retreat that Donna has accented with urns, wind chimes and sculptures. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville couple refurbished their Victorian home to highlight historic touches," 6 June 2019 Power washing the exterior is a great way to remove accumulated dirt, grime and moss. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to improve your curb appeal," 3 June 2019 The streets fall quiet as people seek shelter in skyscrapers or cozy cafés, watching white flakes accumulate on sidewalks and streets. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Consider: A Heeled Snow Boot to Stay High and Dry All Winter," 14 Jan. 2019 Even so, black mold can still make an appearance in a bathroom or basement, sprout up in the HVAC or attic, or really any part of the home where water accumulates and dampness exists. Cate Geiger, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Black Mold Naturally," 23 May 2019 Another routinely used her refund to pay off credit card debt accumulated over the previous holiday season buying gifts for her kids. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "Single Moms Are Facing Unforeseen Tax Hikes Under Trump's New Plan," 16 Apr. 2019 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

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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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