accumulation

noun ac·cu·mu·la·tion \ ə-ˌkyü-m(y)ə-ˈlā-shən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of accumulation

1 :something that has accumulated or has been accumulated
  • an impressive accumulation of knowledge
2 :the action or process of accumulating something :the state of being or having accumulated
  • the steady accumulation of snow
3 :increase or growth by addition especially when continuous or repeated
  • accumulation of interest

Examples of accumulation in a Sentence

  1. a vast accumulation of evidence about the dangers of smoking

  2. the accumulation of leaves on the ground is proceeding at a much faster rate than my raking

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Origin and Etymology of accumulation

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French accumulacion, borrowed from Latin accumulātiōn-, accumulātiō, from accumulāre "to accumulate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns


ACCUMULATION Defined for Kids

accumulation

noun ac·cu·mu·la·tion \ ə-ˌkyü-myə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of accumulation for Students

1 :an act of collecting or gathering
  • the accumulation of snow
2 :collection 2
  • an accumulation of junk

Law Dictionary

accumulation

noun ac·cu·mu·la·tion

legal Definition of accumulation

:increase or growth by addition especially when continuous or repeated; specifically :an increase in the amount of a fund or property by the continuous addition to it of the income or interest it generates
  • to treat a stock dividend as principal when local law classifies it as income may be deemed an accumulation
  • —W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
— see also accumulation trust at trust
Note: Because they prevent the enjoyment and benefit of wealth, accumulations are deemed contrary to public policy. A provision in a will for an accumulation will be invalidated if found to be unreasonable by the court.


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