accumulate

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

Definition of accumulate

accumulated; accumulating
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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


ACCUMULATE Defined for English Language Learners

accumulate

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Definition of accumulate for English Language Learners

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

  • : to increase gradually in amount as time passes


ACCUMULATE Defined for Kids

accumulate

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

Definition of accumulate for Students

accumulated; accumulating
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.

Law Dictionary

accumulate

verb ac·cu·mu·late

legal Definition of accumulate

accumulated; accumulating
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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