- First attested in the 1520's.
- From Latin accumulātus, perfect passive participle of accumulō (“amass, pile up”), formed from ad (“to, towards, at”) + cumulō (“heap”), from cumulus (“a heap”).
- (transitive) To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.
- He wishes to accumulate a sum of money.
- (intransitive) 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. - Oliver Goldsmith
to pile up
to grow in number
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accumulate (not comparable)
- (poetic, rare) Collected; accumulated.
- accumulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- accumulate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
From accumulō (“amass, pile up”)
- Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)