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[uh-kyoo-myuh-leyt] /əˈkyu myəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), accumulated, accumulating.
to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up:
to accumulate wealth.
verb (used without object), accumulated, accumulating.
to gather into a heap, mass, cover, etc.; form a steadily increasing quantity:
Snow accumulated in the driveway. His debts kept on accumulating.
Origin of accumulate
1520-30; < Latin accumulātus heaped up (past participle of accumulāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cumul(us) heap + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
accumulable, adjective
nonaccumulating, adjective
overaccumulate, verb, overaccumulated, overaccumulating.
preaccumulate, verb (used with object), preaccumulated, preaccumulating.
reaccumulate, verb, reaccumulated, reaccumulating.
superaccumulate, verb (used without object), superaccumulated, superaccumulating.
unaccumulable, adjective
unaccumulated, adjective
well-accumulated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Interest was allowed to accumulate, until the whole debt amounted to the sum of a thousand dollars.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • It would be easy as well as instructive to accumulate examples.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Thus Buddhists accumulate religious "merit" 166 not only by fasting and praying, but by making collections of jewels and symbols.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • Then you began to take part in local politics and to accumulate ambitions.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • From time to time it cleans out the dirt and rubbish which accumulate in the hole.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
British Dictionary definitions for accumulate


to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect
Derived Forms
accumulable, adjective
accumulative, adjective
accumulatively, adverb
accumulativeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin accumulātus, past participle of accumulāre to heap up, from cumulus a heap
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Word Origin and History for accumulate

1520s, from Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare "to heap up" (see accumulation). Related: Accumulated; accumulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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