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accumulate

ac·cu·mu·late

accumulate

 
pronunciation:
kyu my leIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: accumulated, accumulates, accumulating
definition 1: to pile up, collect, or gather.
The library accumulated many more books this year.
synonyms:
collect, gather
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
acquire, bank, compile, hoard, reserve, save, store up
definition 2: to grow in amount or mass.
The snow accumulated overnight.
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synonyms:
grow
antonyms:
decrease, diminish
similar words:
augment, enlarge, expand, heap up, increase, multiply, pile, stock up, swell, wax
derivation: accumulable (adj.)
Word Parts
The word accumulate contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
cumul Latin root that means heap
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).