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accumulate

verb uk   us   /əˈkjuː.mjʊ.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.
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in Vietnamese thu gom…
in Spanish acumularse…
in Thai สะสม…
in Malaysian berlonggok…
in French (s’)accumuler…
in German sich anhäufen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 積累, 積聚, 積攢…
in Indonesian terkumpul…
in Russian накапливать(ся)…
in Turkish biriktirmek, artırmak, tasarruf etmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 积累, 积聚, 积攒…
in Polish gromadzić (się)…
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