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- First attested in the 1520's.
- Borrowed from Latin accumulātus, perfect passive participle of accumulō (“amass, pile up”), formed from ad (“to, towards, at”) + cumulō (“heap”), from cumulus (“a heap”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkjum.jə.ˌleɪt/
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- Hyphenation: ac‧cu‧mu‧late
- (transitive) To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together (either literally or figuratively)
- (intransitive) To gradually grow or increase in quantity or number.
- With her company going bankrupt, her divorce, and a gambling habit, debts started to accumulate so she had to sell her house.
- Synonyms: aggregate, amound, collect, gather; see also Thesaurus:accumulate
- (education, dated) To take a higher degree at the same time with a lower degree, or at a shorter interval than usual.
to pile up
to grow in number
accumulate (not comparable)
- accumulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- accumulate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
From accumulō (“amass, pile up”)
- accumulate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- accumulate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- accumulate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- accumulate in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016
- Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)