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EtymologyEdit

  • 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).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkjum.jə.ˌleɪt/
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VerbEdit

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 (either literal or figurative)
    He wishes to accumulate a sum of money.
    Synonym: amass
  2. (intransitive) To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.
    • Oliver Goldsmith
      Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, / Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.

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AdjectiveEdit

accumulate (not comparable)

  1. (poetic, rare) Collected; accumulated.

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EtymologyEdit

From accumulō (amass, pile up)

AdverbEdit

accumulātē (comparative accumulātius, superlative accumulātissimē)

  1. abundantly, copiously

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