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accumulation

Syllabification: ac·cu·mu·la·tion
Pronunciation: /əˌkyo͞om(y)əˈlāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of accumulation in English:

noun

1The acquisition or gradual gathering of something: the accumulation of wealth
More example sentences
  • Such gradual accumulation overcomes our defense mechanisms and often as not causes renal failure.
  • Neither imperialism nor colonialism is a simple act of accumulation and acquisition.
  • This majority alliance is a process of gradual accumulation.
1.1A mass or quantity of something that has gradually gathered or been acquired: the accumulation of paperwork on her desk
More example sentences
  • Unlike most ski nations, there is no tradition of blasting snow-heavy slopes to release dangerous accumulations in the back-country.
  • Forecasters expect significant accumulations of snow from Virginia and North Carolina into New England.
  • Therefore, there is a strong possibility that dangerous accumulations of this toxicant exist in humans and animals.
Synonyms
buildup, mass, pile, heap, stack, collection, stock, store, stockpile, reserve, hoard;
amassing, gathering, cumulation, accrual, accretion

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