Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To gather in a heap; accumulate.
  • intransitive verb To combine into one unit; merge.
  • intransitive verb To become massed.
  • adjective Having cumulated or having been cumulated; heaped up or amassed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Heaped or piled up; as, a cumulate sentence or subject.
  • To gather or throw into a heap or mass; bring together; accumulate.
  • In Louisiana law, to combine in a single action: applied to actions or causes of action.

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

  • transitive verb To gather or throw into a heap; to heap together; to accumulate.

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

  • verb transitive To accumulate; to amass.
  • verb intransitive To be accumulated.
  • adjective accumulated, agglomerated, amassed

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

  • verb collect or gather

Etymologies

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

[Latin cumulāre, cumulāt-, from cumulus, heap; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin cumulatus, past participle of cumulo ("to pile up").

Examples

  • Sample 12005 is thought to be a lava lake cumulate from the lunar surface.

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  • The term cumulate means that settling, floating, or accumulation of crystals has occurred.

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  • ( "cumulate") or evenly distributed between candidates of different lists, or some of the votes on a single candidate, and others on other candidates ... it's completely up to him.

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  • So, why shouldnt Obama take the blame for the high unemployment – as that to took years to cumulate?

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  • We need changes that compound and cumulate over time, especially in Social Security and Medicare, or they will crowd out all other federal spending or drive marginal tax rates over 70%.

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  • Months of painful hand-wringing and hype cumulate on Election Day with an unstoppable, insatiable demand for information.

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  • The unified budget deficit for 2004 through 2013, on this adjusted basis, would cumulate to about $5 trillion.

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  • We need changes that compound and cumulate over time, especially in Social Security and Medicare, or they will crowd out all other federal spending or drive marginal tax rates over 70%.

    Five Lessons for Deficit Busters

  • Months of painful hand-wringing and hype cumulate on Election Day with an unstoppable, insatiable demand for information.

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  • However, registered users will not be permitted to cumulate their votes on any particular video or group of videos.

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