ac·​cu·​mu·​lat·​ed ə-ˈkyü-m(y)ə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce accumulated (audio)
: gathered, collected, or amassed over a period of time
a layer of accumulated dirt/dust
… his accumulated savings are sufficient to enable him to purchase another property …A. F. Millington
Just what is an earthquake? It is the shaking that occurs when a slowly accumulated strain in the Earth's crust is suddenly released …Richard L. Williams
Stock prices at any given moment fully reflect the accumulated wisdom of knowledgeable investors.John J. Curran

Examples of accumulated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mann's second message is that the accumulated learning of the original Americans -- their mastery of nature -- survived the catastrophe of the Columbian exchange. Jeremy Adelman, Foreign Affairs, 1 May 2012 Here's what the alert means What is a Level 1 Snow Emergency? Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated, blowing and drifting snow, and roads may be icy. The Enquirer, 19 Jan. 2024 Some of these installations convey, through layers of accumulated matter, the aural buzz of public places: shops, hospitals and classrooms. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 13 July 2023 Buildings groan and crack under the strain of accumulated snowpack, forcing occupants to flee. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2023 However, the scale of the number of apps can be enormous, with hundreds of business-specific apps serving different business units and functions distributed across international operations—not to mention accumulated legacy apps from mergers and acquisitions. Eric Olden, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Though the accumulated snow still measures 249% of normal as of April 18, new satellite photos show that the white blankets enveloping mountains across the state have started to recede. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accumulated was in 1617

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“Accumulated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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