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accumulate definition


This page has 9 definitions of accumulate in English, Italian, and Latin. Accumulate is a verb, an adjective, participle and adverb. Examples of how to use accumulate in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English accumulate definition


Borrowed from Latin accumulātus, perfect passive participle of accumulō (amass, pile up), formed from ad (to, towards, at) + cumulō (heap), from cumulus (a heap). First attested in the 1520's.



accumulate (third-person singular simple present accumulates, present participle accumulating, simple past and past participle accumulated)

  1. (transitive) To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together (either literally or figuratively)
    He wishes to accumulate a sum of money.
    Synonyms: amass, heap, hoard, store; see also Thesaurus:pile up
  2. (intransitive) To gradually grow or increase in quantity or number.
    With her company going bankrupt, her divorce, and a gambling habit, debts started to accumulate so she had to sell her house.
    Synonyms: aggregate, amound, collect, gather; see also Thesaurus:accumulate
  3. (education, dated) To take a higher degree at the same time with a lower degree, or at a shorter interval than usual.



accumulate (not comparable)

  1. (poetic, rare) Collected; accumulated.

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Italian accumulate definition

Etymology 1



  1. inflection of accumulare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2


accumulate f pl

  1. feminine plural of accumulato

Latin accumulate definition


From accumulō (amass, pile up).


accumulātē (comparative accumulātius, superlative accumulātissimē)

  1. abundantly, copiously


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  • accumulate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • accumulate”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • accumulate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • accumulate in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)