What does accumulate mean?

Definitions for accumulate
əˈkyu myəˌleɪtac·cu·mu·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, compile, hoardverb

    get or gather together

    "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune"

  2. accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amassverb

    collect or gather

    "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"


  1. accumulateverb

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

    He wishes to accumulate a sum of money.

  2. accumulateverb

    To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.

  3. accumulateadjective

    Collected; accumulated.

  4. Etymology: * First attested in the 1520's.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ACCUMULATEverb

    To heap one thing upon another; to pile up, to heap together. It is used either literally, as, to accumulate money, or, figuratively, as, to accumulate merit or wickedness.

    Etymology: from accumulo, Lat.

    If thou dost slander her, and torture me,
    Never pray more; abandon all remorse;
    On horrors head horrors accumulate;
    For nothing can’st thou to damnation add. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Crusht by imaginary treason’s weight,
    Which too much merit did accumulate. John Denham.


  1. accumulate

    Accumulate generally means to gather or collect something gradually over time. It can refer to the increasing growth of various things such as material possessions, wealth, knowledge, or even less tangible concepts like experiences or emotions. It comes from the Latin word "accumulare" which means "to heap up."

  2. accumulate

    Accumulate refers to the action of gathering together or increasing in quantity over a period of time. It could refer to tangible items like wealth, possessions, or even intangible elements like knowledge or experiences. Generally, it implies a gradual and continuous process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accumulateverb

    to heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass; as, to accumulate a sum of money

  2. Accumulateverb

    to grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly

  3. Accumulateadjective

    collected; accumulated

  4. Etymology: [L. accumulatus, p. p. of accumulare.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accumulate

    ak-kūm′ūl-āt, v.t. to heap or pile up: to amass: to take degrees by accumulation, to take a higher degree at the same time with a lower, or at a shorter interval than usual.—v.i. to increase greatly: to go on increasing.—n. Accumulā′tion, a heaping up: a heap, mass, or pile.—adj. Accum′ulative, heaping up.—n. Accum′ulator, a thing or person that accumulates, esp. an apparatus for storing electricity. [L.—ad, to, cumulus, a heap.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accumulate' in Verbs Frequency: #1021

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accumulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accumulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of accumulate in a Sentence

  1. Katsumoto Saotome:

    I think we're turning backwards, down that road, everyone thinks at first that it's nothing, but more and more things accumulate, and then it's repression. I worry about what happens to women and children in this situation. We have to talk about it, maybe that will put a brake on things.

  2. Claudia Villarroel:

    These rains serve to accumulate water, but the superficial run-off is very high. What is best is a little, constant rain.

  3. Charles Matz:

    [Lidar] technology hasn't quite developed where it can accumulate this information quickly because the data sets are very dense. We're talking gigabytes and gigabytes of information.

  4. Michael Manga:

    There are all kinds of pathways and cracks, all kinds of places where steam can accumulate.

  5. Henry Ford:

    There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.

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  • جمعArabic
  • увеличавам се, натрупвам, събирам сеBulgarian
  • akkumulereDanish
  • aufstauen, sich vermehrenGerman
  • acumular, acumularse, amontonarSpanish
  • اندوختنPersian
  • akkumuloitua, kasaantua, kerätä, kasata, kerääntyäFinnish
  • accumulerFrench
  • tiomsaighIrish
  • akimileHaitian Creole
  • accumular seInterlingua
  • akumulasiIndonesian
  • accumularsiItalian
  • 蓄積, 溜まる, 積むJapanese
  • cumulō, accumulōLatin
  • akkumulaMaltese
  • vermeerderen, accumuleren, zich opstapelen, opstapelenDutch
  • acumularPortuguese
  • нака́пливаться, собира́ться, увели́чиваться, копи́ть, аккумули́ровать, собира́ть, накопи́ться, собра́ться, увели́читься, собра́ть, копи́ться, накопи́ть, нака́пливатьRussian
  • akumulirati, nakupljatiSerbo-Croatian
  • ackumeleraSwedish
  • สะสมThai
  • tích trữVietnamese

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