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Definition of the adjective accumulate

What does accumulate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [rare] Collected; accumulated.

Definition of the verb accumulate

What does accumulate mean as a doing word?

Accumulate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: accumulated | accumulating | accumulates

  1. get or gather together
  2. collect or gather
    • example: The crowds accumulate in the streets
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The teacher gathered the kids
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] togetherThe teacher gathered the kids together
      [Theme - concrete, plural] [Verb]The kids are assembling

      Verbs of Existence (with the same syntax): aggregate, amass, assemble, cluster, collect, congregate, convene, flock, gather, group, herd, huddle, mass.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of accumulate: amass / conglomerate / cumulate / gather / pile up
    • more generic word: increase = become bigger or greater in amount
    • more specific words:
      • backlog = accumulate and create a backlog
      • accrete = grow or become attached by accretion
      • drift = be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current

Alternative definition of the verb accumulate


  1. [transitive] To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass.
  2. [intransitive] To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for accumulate

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Google previewThe Rule Against Perpetuities (2002)

by John Chipman Gray, Roland Gray

If the person to whom the accumulated income is to be paid has a vested indefeasible right to the possession of the principal or the accumulations, then the direction to accumulate is an illegal restraint on Chap. XX. l See Scott's Trusts Ont. 439 ...

Google previewThe Fish People (1983)

Linguistic Exogamy and Tukanoan Identity in Northwest Amazonia by Jean Elizabeth Jackson

This contrasts with some other parts of the world, for example, Melanesia, where the opposite holds, and the ability to accumulate is the path to power and prestige.

Google previewAnnual Report (1819)

by Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Education

In all common cases, therefore, it must consume a long time, of the very prime of a man's life, to accumulate means enough to complete a protracted and expensive course of education. And further, the profitable pursuit of business must ...

Google previewCuban Medical Internationalism (2009)

Origins, Evolution, and Goals by J. Kirk, H. Michael Erisman

Much more definitive and much more lasting than all the gold that one can accumulate is the gratitude of a people. Che Guevara, 1960, On Revolutionary Medicine It is time to overcome the ridiculous myth of the invincible Cubans. Who ever ...

Google previewEconomics as Worldly Philosophy (2016)

by R. Blackwell, J. Chatha, E. Nell

But for him the motivation to accumulate is a different animal from the neo- classical motivation to sacrifice current consumption. A number of relevant statements are to be found in Marx's attack on the abstinence theory of profits ( section 3, ...

Google previewMacroeconomics (1998)

by Mark Rush, Robert J. Barro

Endogenous population growth models view children as another type of investment; in particular, the decision about the amount of human capital to accumulate is a key decision on which these model focus. Finally, other new models assume ...

Google previewAnimal Welfare and Meat Production (2007)

by Neville G. Gregory, Temple Grandin

This increases the viability of the Campylobacter, and it indicates that allowing protozoa to accumulate is a risky strategy. When birds are fasted before they are collected for slaughter, they become hungry and start eating the litter.

Google previewHansard's Parliamentary Debates (1877)

by Great Britain. Parliament

The considerable savings which peasant farmers on some estates are able to accumulate is an honourable testimony to the forbearance with which some Irish landowners have usod thoir powers ; but the fact that even on the most ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment (2009)

by Jill Bailey

For example, the insecticide DDT and its derivatives accumulate in the fatty tissues of mammals and birds. These toxins are passed up the food chain, accumulating in greatest concentrations in top predators such as mammals and birds ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Guides, indexes, directory (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

CHLORODIFLUOROMETHANE 75-45-6 • The gos is heavier than air and may accumulate in low ceiling spaces causing deficiency of oxygen • On contact with hot surfaces or flames this ...

Google previewTo the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing (2014)

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

accumulate together...

When snow forms, hundreds of tiny ice crystals accumulate together to form the snowflakes we are familiar with.

Google previewCustoms Valuation Encyclopedia (1980-2003)

ln regard to the RVC calculation, the producer of the good wishes to accumulate certain originating costs incurred in the production of ...

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Usage statistics about accumulate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate. (Thomas Jones)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3U1M3U1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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