Definition of accumulate in English:

accumulate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of.

    ‘investigators have yet to accumulate enough evidence’
    • ‘With dollar liquidity flooding the global financial system, foreign holders are accumulating amazing quantities of U.S. securities.’
    • ‘Their pay increases as they accumulate experience and develop skills.’
    • ‘Scientific investigation proceeds not by amassing conclusions but by accumulating incremental evidence, which is all that we can know.’
    • ‘They rarely earn enough to accumulate significant wealth, but want to minimise financial insecurity, so are a good market for insurance products.’
    • ‘People have figured out that you need to be an owner to accumulate wealth, so increasingly they're asking for equity.’
    • ‘By then they had accumulated enough weapons to achieve this.’
    • ‘There is a fact of the matter when the question is global warming, and there is some hope of arriving at a definite answer by accumulating enough evidence.’
    • ‘Gold is, obviously, not like marriage, because people have an interest in accumulating quantities of gold, but each person can only have one other person in the marriage market.’
    • ‘Now I have accumulated enough experience to direct any adaptation or sequel.’
    • ‘Google and the Internet means that we can accumulate vast quantities of information with little effort.’
    • ‘Continuing for two years, he accumulated enough money to return to medical school.’
    • ‘Aiming at creating her own brand of dresses, the retail business was a necessary starting point to learn the market and accumulate enough capital.’
    • ‘After accumulating enough data, we calculated that each person spent at least a full minute in a stall.’
    • ‘Everyone on the show has a high income, and most of them have had that high income for long enough to accumulate a good deal of wealth.’
    • ‘Some of the original slips are now being used in preparing new entries, as the words they illustrate finally accumulate enough evidence for inclusion.’
    • ‘As a consequence, they accumulate large quantities of phytanic acid in their tissues and serum.’
    • ‘But, after a considerable amount of said hanging about, Humphries accumulated enough material to write a book.’
    • ‘Lactate tolerance training improves muscle and blood buffering capacity so athletes can swim fast, longer, in spite of rapidly accumulating quantities of lactic acid.’
    • ‘In time, the growing embryos will accumulate enough mass to ignite and explode out of their cores like baby birds busting out of their eggs.’
    • ‘Doctors are still working as scientists though, since placebos have accumulated enough evidence to be accepted as scientifically valid.’
    gather, collect, assemble
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    1. 1.1 Gradually gather or acquire (a resulting whole)
      ‘her goal was to accumulate a huge fortune’
      • ‘He spent much of the fortune accumulated by him and his father in promoting air and road racing in England and France and generally being the playboy.’
      • ‘In the company's travel and tourism division, for instance, this has resulted in employees accumulating an overtime backlog of more than 100 hours.’
      • ‘Promoters, in their efforts to accumulate huge profits, are planning larger and larger events and it is time to put some serious controls on what is going on.’
      • ‘Cool Blue Method's recent goal is to accumulate a little cash by planting trees, a feat which only twin brothers Josh and Ben are attempting at the moment.’
      • ‘Gaidarski said that prosecutors should investigate how hospitals managed to accumulate such huge debts.’
      • ‘Those in power ensured it was they who landed the top positions inside the new enterprises and accumulated outrageous fortunes.’
      • ‘This is all about me baby, and my dream of accumulating a vast fortune by exploiting the stupidity of the reading audience.’
      • ‘This particular period seems to be the exact timing when the seed starts to accumulate a huge amount of starch in the endosperm.’
      • ‘The Firm was said to have accumulated huge profits over years of illegal activity.’
      • ‘He argues that the former accumulated their fortunes in specie.’
      • ‘And so as any mindful woman might in this accommodating world, I was able to accumulate a fortune.’
      • ‘But during the downpours last November, the mound only succeeded in accumulating a huge expanse of water which had run off from saturated fields nearby.’
      • ‘The U.S. trade imbalance was looming larger every year, and Japan was, as it still is, accumulating a huge trade surplus.’
      • ‘The Exchange also operates with a dividend cover of over five times, having accumulated a £237m cash hoard as a result.’
      • ‘Despite accumulating a fortune he never moved away from the streets of his youth, choosing instead to add extension after extension to his fortress of a house, the Ponderosa, in Provanmill Road.’
      • ‘In the U.S., auto companies have been enjoying record profits and have accumulated huge cash hoards.’
      • ‘He set up an international investment fund that started to accumulate a large fortune.’
      • ‘He knew that over the years he had accumulated a huge chunk of enemies.’
      • ‘Whether, by so doing, he would have accumulated a comparable personal fortune is debatable.’
      • ‘He had benefited from the fortune accumulated by the company and he wanted to go racing.’
      get, obtain, acquire
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    2. 1.2no object Gather; build up.
      ‘the toxin accumulated in their bodies’
      • ‘By the final days, kidney function declines, toxins begin accumulating in the body, and multiple organ systems fail from lack of nutrition.’
      • ‘My understanding of radiation is it accumulates in the body.’
      • ‘The particulates are dangerous as they are so tiny they are breathed in and go straight into the lungs and blood stream, accumulating in the body.’
      • ‘As a result, it accumulates in the brain causing stress and further tiredness.’
      • ‘They are so alive with nature's intelligence that fatigue-causing toxins cannot accumulate in the body when you eat them.’
      • ‘Toxins accumulate faster, and viruses and bacteria grow more quickly, in a body that is not adequately warmed.’
      • ‘If inhaled continuously these toxins accumulate in the body leading to serious health problems.’
      • ‘It accumulates in the body, eventually forming needle-shaped crystals in the fluid in and around the joints.’
      • ‘Lead accumulates in the body and its effects are irreversible.’
      • ‘Fluid in the lymph vessels can become sluggish, which can cause toxins to accumulate.’
      • ‘As a result they accumulate in the tissues of living beings such as fish, meat and in turn to the dairy products.’
      • ‘Longer and steeper slopes may result in more solids accumulating in the basin.’
      • ‘Avoid king mackerel, which accumulates more toxins, including mercury, than other mackerel species because of its size.’
      • ‘We need to rent a small van for the weekend of January 20 so we can nip up to London and fetch down the stuff that's accumulated in the flat over the past year.’
      • ‘Fluid accumulates, pressure builds in the ears, and infection may set in.’
      • ‘These toxins accumulate in the fat of fish, the source of fish oil.’
      • ‘The stoppage has resulted in garbage accumulating on the main thoroughfares and streets of Lyari.’
      • ‘The toxin had accumulated in the anchovies and sardines upon which the animals were feeding.’
      • ‘But sometimes the genes do not work as well as they should, so the toxins slowly accumulate in your body.’
      • ‘When the rate of absorption exceeds the rate of elimination, toxins accumulate in the body.’
      assemble, amass, collect, gather, gather together, draw together, join together
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin accumulat- ‘heaped up’, from the verb accumulare, from ad- ‘to’ + cumulus ‘a heap’.

Pronunciation

accumulate

/əˈkjuːmjʊleɪt/