- 1Gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of: investigators have yet to accumulate enough evidenceMore example sentences
- There is a fact of the matter when the question is global warming, and there is some hope of arriving at a definite answer by accumulating enough evidence.
- Doctors are still working as scientists though, since placebos have accumulated enough evidence to be accepted as scientifically valid.
- Some of the original slips are now being used in preparing new entries, as the words they illustrate finally accumulate enough evidence for inclusion.
- 1.1Gradually gather or acquire (a resulting whole): her goal was to accumulate a huge fortuneMore example sentences
- In the company's travel and tourism division, for instance, this has resulted in employees accumulating an overtime backlog of more than 100 hours.
- But during the downpours last November, the mound only succeeded in accumulating a huge expanse of water which had run off from saturated fields nearby.
- The Firm was said to have accumulated huge profits over years of illegal activity.
- 1.2 [no object] Gather; build up: the toxin accumulated in their bodiesMore example sentences
- They are so alive with nature's intelligence that fatigue-causing toxins cannot accumulate in the body when you eat them.
- If inhaled continuously these toxins accumulate in the body leading to serious health problems.
- When the rate of absorption exceeds the rate of elimination, toxins accumulate in the body.
late 15th century: from Latin accumulat- 'heaped up', from the verb accumulare, from ad- 'to' + cumulus 'a heap'.