Verb accumulate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accumulate (third-person singular simple present accumulates, present participle accumulating, simple past and past participle accumulated)

  1. (transitive) To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.
  2. (intransitive) To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.

More definition: gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up, to accumulate wealth. gather into a heap, mass, cover, etc.; form a steadily increasing quantity, Snow accumulated in the driveway. His debts kept on accumulating.

1. to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect Derived Formsaccumulable, adjectiveaccumulative, adjectiveaccumulatively, adverbaccumulativeness, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin accumulātus, past participle of accumulāre to heap up, from cumulus a heapCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1520s, from Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare "to heap up" (see accumulation). Related, Accumulated; accumulating.


The most rewarding aspect of living forever is you have unlimited time to perfect your abilities and accumulate wealth.

The action of rain, ice and rivers conspires with the movement of land waste to strip the layer of soil from steep slopes as rapidly as it forms, and to cause it to accumulate on the flat valley bottoms, on the graceful flattened cones of alluvial fans at the outlet of the gorges of tributaries, or in the smoothly-spread surface of alluvial plains.

It was useless for Venice to accumulate eastern merchandise if she could not freely pass it on to the west.

The gland evidently excretes, or at any rate gets rid of, a certain waste product of a proteid nature, which otherwise tends to accumulate in the tissues and to excite certain nervous and tissue phenomena.

(x 75 diam.) pigment from the liver by the normal channels be prevented, as by obstruction of the main bile ducts, the bile will accumulate until it regurgitates or is absorbed into the lymph and blood vessels, and is carried in a soluble state throughout the tissues, thus producing a general staining - an essential characteristic of jaundice.

Where the water does not accumulate very rapidly it is a common practice to allow it to collect in a pit or sump below the working bottom of the shaft, and to draw it off in a water tub or" hoppet "by the main engine, when the latter is not employed in raising coal.

When a number of such characters accumulate, we further honour them by assigning a new generic name.

In Arabic it is such an easy thing to accumulate masses of words with the same termination, that the gross negligence of the rhyme in the Koran is doubly remarkable.

The confirmed man-eater, which is generally an old beast, disabled from overtaking his usual prey, seems to accumulate his tale of victims in sheer cruelty rather than for food.

It will not be worth the while to accumulate property; that would be sure to go again.

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