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1 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" [syn: roll up, collect, pile up, amass, compile, hoard]
2 collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up" [syn: cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass]

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From Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare, formed from ad- + cumulare "to heap".


  • /əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt/


  1. 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. To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.
    • Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. - Goldsmith


to pile up
to grow in number


  1. Collected; accumulated.



  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, accumulare#Italian|accumulare



From accumulo


Related terms


  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

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