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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of accumulare, from ad- 'to' + cumulare 'to pile up'


1 [transitive] to gradually get more and more money, possessions, knowledge etc over a period of time:
It is unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate wealth.
2 [intransitive] to gradually increase in numbers or amount until there is a large quantity in one place:
Fat tends to accumulate around the hips and thighs.
accumulation noun [uncountable and countable]
the accumulation of data

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