accumulate Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “accumulate” - English Dictionary

"accumulate" in American English

See all translations

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 music business.
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 British English

See all translations

accumulateverb

uk   /əˈkjuː.mjə.leɪt/  us   /əˈkjuː.mjə.leɪt/
C2 [T] to collect a large number of things over a long period of time: As people accumulate more wealth, they tend to spend a greater proportion of their incomes. The company said the debt was accumulated during its acquisition of nine individual businesses. We've accumulated so much rubbish over the years.
C2 [I] to gradually increase in number or amount: A thick layer of dust had accumulated in the room. If you don't go through the papers on your desk on a regular basis, they just keep on accumulating.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of accumulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accumulate" in Business English

See all translations

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 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.
(Definition of accumulate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “accumulate”
in Vietnamese thu gom…
in Spanish acumular, acumularse…
in Malaysian berlonggok…
in Thai สะสม…
in French (s’)accumuler…
in German sich anhäufen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 積累, 積聚, 積攢…
in Russian накапливать(ся)…
in Turkish biriktirmek, artırmak, tasarruf etmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 积累, 积聚, 积攒…
in Indonesian terkumpul…
in Polish gromadzić (się)…
What is the pronunciation of accumulate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“accumulate” in English

“accumulate” in Business English

That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
by ,
May 18, 2016
by Kate Woodford We all need words and phrases for saying that things are good or great – that we find them nice or very nice. This post aims to give you more ways to say that you like, or really like, something. Starting with a very frequent adjective; lovely is used a lot in UK English

Read More 

Word of the Day

parasol

a type of sunshade (= round frame covered in cloth on a stick) carried especially by women in the past, to give protection from the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More