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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kyoo-myuh-leyt]
    • /əˈkyu myəˌleɪt/
    • /əˈkjuː.mjʊ.leɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoo-myuh-leyt]
    • /əˈkyu myəˌleɪt/

Definitions of accumulate word

  • verb accumulate When you accumulate things or when they accumulate, they collect or are gathered over a period of time. 3
  • verb accumulate to gather or become gathered together in an increasing quantity; amass; collect 3
  • verb transitive accumulate to pile up, collect, or gather together, esp. over a period of time 3
  • verb with object accumulate to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up: to accumulate wealth. 1
  • verb without object accumulate to gather into a heap, mass, cover, etc.; form a steadily increasing quantity: Snow accumulated in the driveway. His debts kept on accumulating. 1
  • noun accumulate Gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of. 1

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Origin of accumulate

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Latin accumulātus heaped up (past participle of accumulāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cumul(us) heap + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Accumulate


accumulate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

accumulate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accumulate

verb accumulate

  • compile — When you compile something such as a report, book, or programme, you produce it by collecting and putting together many pieces of information.
  • acquire — If you acquire something, you buy or obtain it for yourself, or someone gives it to you.
  • swell — to grow in bulk, as by the absorption of moisture or the processes of growth.
  • rack up — ruin or destruction; wrack.
  • assemble — When people assemble or when someone assembles them, they come together in a group, usually for a particular purpose such as a meeting.

noun accumulate

  • conglomerate — A conglomerate is a large business firm consisting of several different companies.

Antonyms for accumulate

verb accumulate

  • disperse — to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
  • scatter — to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
  • forfeit — a fine; penalty.
  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • lessen — to become less.

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