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English definition of “accumulate”

accumulate

verb
 
 
/əˈkjuːmjəleɪt/
[I] to gradually increase in amount: While the deficit was allowed to accumulate, nothing was done to address the problem.
[T] to collect an amount of something over a period of time: The table shows what you need to save monthly to accumulate $1 million by age 65.accumulate/debts/losses/wealth The report also said a further 90,000 households had accumulated wealth of more than £1m.
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