Definition of accumulation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The acquisition or gradual gathering of something.

    ‘the accumulation of wealth’
    • ‘Land has always been the basis of wealth generation and accumulation upon which social development can be designed.’
    • ‘The decades of peace and accumulation of wealth in the west have not only been arguably bought at the expense of the rest of the world - but also of ourselves.’
    • ‘Despite the enormous accumulation of wealth by the wealthiest, the economy is teetering on the brink of collapse.’
    • ‘Neither imperialism nor colonialism is a simple act of accumulation and acquisition.’
    • ‘The gradual accumulation of soot can seriously affect the way your chimney performs.’
    • ‘This majority alliance is a process of gradual accumulation.’
    • ‘Therefore, what we recognize as the aging process is the gradual accumulation of this cellular damage.’
    • ‘The point nevertheless is that land is crucial as the fundamental basis in the process of wealth generation and accumulation.’
    • ‘Treasury figures show that wealth accumulation by Australian households and businesses slowed last year.’
    • ‘The system they defend, based on the immense accumulation of private wealth at the expense of society as a whole, has reached a dead end.’
    • ‘The main aim of the speech was to justify the growing accumulation of private wealth and the growth of an authoritarian police state.’
    • ‘Nobody in the political establishment or the media opposed the fantastic accumulation of wealth by a tiny elite, of which they formed a part.’
    • ‘The continual movement of peoples meant that there was no accumulation of wealth because everything had to be carried.’
    • ‘The business is an instrument of accumulation of family wealth and status.’
    • ‘Such gradual accumulation overcomes our defense mechanisms and often as not causes renal failure.’
    • ‘The mere accumulation of national wealth is not sufficient to deal with poverty as a health risk.’
    • ‘According to the model, the Big Bang is followed by a period of slow expansion and gradual accumulation of dark energy.’
    • ‘And that has contributed to the slow accumulation of wealth by minorities.’
    • ‘Support of private ownership does not mean that anyone has the right to unlimited accumulation of wealth.’
    • ‘It is the result of more than a century's capitalist accumulation of power and concentration of wealth.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A mass or quantity of something that has gradually gathered or been acquired.
      ‘the accumulation of paperwork on her desk’
      • ‘By the end of Monday, we expect to see three to five centimetres of snow, with higher accumulations towards the Pennines, the North York Moors and the Wolds.’
      • ‘I sorted and filed, and many of the precious accumulations of the last ten years went into black plastic bags that then went on to the tip.’
      • ‘Forecasters expect significant accumulations of snow from Virginia and North Carolina into New England.’
      • ‘A healthy society is like an iceberg: seven-eighths of it is below the surface, the accumulations of a shared history.’
      • ‘The first conservation step is to clean the surface of dirt and loose accumulations with water and detergent applied under high pressure.’
      • ‘A wet basement is caused by moisture accumulations that drip through the foundations.’
      • ‘Several anglers reported large accumulations of fish showing around the city centre with fish rolling in the vicinity of Butcher Terrace and along Marygate.’
      • ‘It's fascinating to watch as the ship pulls up to a buoy, and hauls it out of the water so the accumulations of seaweed and seabird droppings can be removed with a pressure hose.’
      • ‘Providing you never intend to move again, and you can keep it all acceptably clean and civilised then why on earth shouldn't you surround yourself with the accumulations of your life?’
      • ‘Cattle may learn to graze through heavy snow accumulations.’
      • ‘The offshore area is situated within the most promising exploration theatre in New Zealand for large oil and gas accumulations.’
      • ‘Unlike most ski nations, there is no tradition of blasting snow-heavy slopes to release dangerous accumulations in the back-country.’
      • ‘Therefore, there is a strong possibility that dangerous accumulations of this toxicant exist in humans and animals.’
      • ‘Filters are also installed in the hood to catch grease and prevent accumulations in the ductwork.’
      • ‘Removing manure from the building to an outdoor storage can also reduce odor and gas accumulations.’
      • ‘Wherever I look in my mind I find accumulations of dust and festoons of cobwebs.’
      • ‘Run hot scalding water through the pipe to carry away any accumulations.’
      • ‘It occurs when abnormal accumulations of fat develop in the liver and other organs, along with a severe increase of pressure in the brain.’
      • ‘There were no sites with significant accumulations of litter but Main Street has performed worse than in the previous survey.’
      • ‘The locations in the Earth's crust where these accumulations occur are collectively referred to as orebodies, ore reserves, or ore deposits.’
      mass, build-up, pile, heap, stack, collection, gathering, stock, store, stockpile, reserve, hoard, bank, pool, fund, mine, reservoir, cumulation, accrual, aggregation, accretion, agglomerate, agglomeration
      amassing, building up, build-up, collection, gathering, assembling, assembly, stockpiling, hoarding, cumulation, accrual
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