accumulate /əˈkjuːmjʊleɪt/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of

investigators have yet to accumulate enough evidence.
2. gradually gather or acquire (a resulting whole)

her goal was to accumulate a huge fortune.
3. [no obj.] gather; build up

the toxin accumulated in their bodies.
– origin late 15th cent.: from Latin accumulat- ‘heaped up’, from the verb accumulare, from ad- ‘to’ + cumulus ‘a heap’.

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