To accumulate means to gather, usually in large quantities. Let's hope your boyfriend is not the type to accumulate girlfriends.
The root of accumulate is cumulus which means "mound" or "heap." You might have heard of cumulus clouds, those big fluffy clouds that look like giant piles of whipped cream. Think of these heaping helpings of clouds when you think of accumulate. The money in your savings account accumulates interest, though these days you won't accumulate much wealth that way! Police accumulate evidence until they have enough to charge someone with a crime.
v get or gather together
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pile up (debts or scores)
collect or gather
collect, pull in
get or bring together
come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch
gather (money or other resources) together over time
put together indiscriminately
make into a bale
take in and retain
accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
place or store up in a fund for accumulation
archive, file away
put into an archive
beat up, drum up, rally
v collect or gather
accumulate and create a backlog
grow or become attached by accretion
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
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become bigger or greater in amount