Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To gather or cause to increase; amass.
  • intransitive verb To be the site for (a gradually increasing mass), especially as a result of disuse or neglect.
  • intransitive verb To mount or pile up; increase: synonym: gather.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.
  • verb intransitive To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.
  • adjective poetic, rare Collected; accumulated.

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

  • verb get or gather together
  • verb collect or gather

Etymologies

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

[Latin accumulāre, accumulāt- : ad-, ad- + cumulāre, to pile up (from cumulus, heap; see keuə- in Indo-European roots).]

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