accumulate

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.

DEFINITIONS OF: accumulate

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v get or gather together

“I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife”
Synonyms:
amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
Types:
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run up
pile up (debts or scores)
corral
collect or gather
collect, pull in
get or bring together
come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch
gather (money or other resources) together over time
chunk, lump
put together indiscriminately
bale
make into a bale
catch
take in and retain
fund
accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
fund
place or store up in a fund for accumulation
archive, file away
put into an archive
nickel-and-dime
accumulate gradually
beat up, drum up, rally
gather
Type of:
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use

v collect or gather

“Journals are accumulating in my office”
Synonyms:
amass, conglomerate, cumulate, gather, pile up
Types:
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
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount
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