cumulate

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verb cu·mu·late \ ˈkyü-myə-ˌlāt \

Definition of cumulate

cumulated; cumulating
transitive verb
1 :to gather or pile in a heap
2 :to combine into one
3 :to build up by addition of new material
intransitive verb
:to become massed

cumulate

play \ˈkyü-myə-lət, -ˌlāt\ adjective

cumulation

play \ˌkyü-myə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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Cumulate and its far more common relative "accumulate" both come from the Latin word cumulare, meaning "to heap up." "Cumulare," in turn, comes from cumulus, meaning "mass." ("Cumulus" functions as an English word in its own right as well. It can mean "heap" or "accumulation," or it can refer to a kind of dense puffy cloud with a flat base and rounded outlines.) "Cumulate" and "accumulate" overlap in meaning, but you're likely to find "cumulate" mostly in technical contexts. The word's related adjective, "cumulative," however, is used more widely.

Origin and Etymology of cumulate

Latin cumulatus, past participle of cumulare, from cumulus mass


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