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accumulateverb

uk   /əˈkjuː.mjə.leɪt/  us   /əˈkjuː.mjə.leɪt/
C2 [T] to ​collect a ​largenumber of things over a ​longperiod of ​time: As ​people accumulate more ​wealth, they ​tend to ​spend a ​greaterproportion of ​theirincomes. The ​company said the ​debt was accumulated during ​itsacquisition of nine ​individualbusinesses. We've accumulated so much ​rubbish over the ​years.
C2 [I] to ​graduallyincrease in ​number or ​amount: A ​thicklayer of ​dust had accumulated in the ​room. If you don't go through the ​papers on ​yourdesk on a ​regularbasis, they just ​keep on accumulating.

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(Definition of accumulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accumulate" in American English

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accumulateverb [I/T]

 us   /əˈkjum·jəˌleɪt/
to ​collect or ​increase something ​gradually, esp. over a ​period of ​time: [T] We’ve accumulated a lot of ​junk over the ​years. [T] He accumulated a ​fortune in the ​musicbusiness.
accumulation
noun [C/U]  us   /əˌkjum·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/
[U] the accumulation of ​wealth
(Definition of accumulate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"accumulate" in Business English

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accumulateverb

uk   us   /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 ​tableshows 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.
(Definition of accumulate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “accumulate”
in Spanish acumularse…
in Vietnamese thu gom…
in Malaysian berlonggok…
in Thai สะสม…
in French (s’)accumuler…
in German sich anhäufen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 积累, 积聚, 积攒…
in Turkish biriktirmek, artırmak, tasarruf etmek…
in Russian накапливать(ся)…
in Indonesian terkumpul…
in Chinese (Traditional) 積累, 積聚, 積攢…
in Polish gromadzić (się)…
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