Accumulate Definition

accumulated, accumulates, accumulating
accumulated, accumulates, accumulating
To gather or cause to increase; amass.
We accumulated enough wood for a fire. Nearly all bank accounts accumulate interest.
American Heritage
To pile up, collect, or gather together, esp. over a period of time.
Webster's New World
To be the site for (a gradually increasing mass), especially as a result of disuse or neglect.
Those old books are accumulating dust.
American Heritage
To mount or pile up; increase.
Snow is accumulating on the roads.
American Heritage

To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.

He wishes to accumulate a sum of money.
(poetic, rare) Collected; accumulated.

Origin of Accumulate

  • From Latin accumulātus, perfect passive participle of accumulō (“amass, pile up”), formed from ad (“to, towards, at”) + cumulō (“heap”), from cumulus (“a heap”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin accumulāre accumulāt- ad- ad- cumulāre to pile up (from cumulus heap keuə- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in the 1520's.

    From Wiktionary

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