Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To gather or pile up; amass. See Synonyms at gather.
  • intransitive v. To mount up; increase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.
  • v. To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.
  • adj. Collected; accumulated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Collected; accumulated.
  • intransitive v. To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.
  • transitive v. To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To heap up; collect or bring together; make a pile, mass, or aggregation of: as, to accumulate earth or stones; to accumulate money or sorrows.
  • To form by heaping up or collecting the parts or elements of; obtain by gathering in; amass: as, to accumulate wealth.
  • To grow in size, number, or quantity; go on increasing by successive additions: as, public evils accumulate.
  • To take degrees by accumulation, as in some English universities. See accumulation.
  • Collected into a mass or quantity; increased; intensified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get or gather together
  • v. collect or gather

Etymologies

Latin accumulāre, accumulāt- : ad-, ad- + cumulāre, to pile up (from cumulus, heap; see keuə- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Whilst jogging along, three or four miles from camp, and calculating the probable sum total of dollars he should accumulate from the sales of furs he purposed taking from his traps that morning, his dog suddenly commenced barking at some invisible object which he supposed to be a squirrel, badger, or some other small animal, that had taken refuge in its burrow.

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