Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

accumulate

accumulate
Meaning(s)
1) an increase or build up (over a period of time), a gathering of a large amount
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • accumulate wealth
  • Analysis
     To accumulate means to gather together objects or things over a period of time. You can 'accumulate wealth' or 'accumulate knowledge'. This verb can be used in social contexts but you're more likely to hear it in a formal or professional situation. Similar in meaning to 'amass'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The prisoners were able to escape because they'd been accumulating everything they needed for months!
    2. This website gives lots of great advice on how to accumulate a passive income.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This accumulation of data will allow us to track how transit times affect commuters across the country.
    2. I have quite an accumulation of receipts. It will take some time to process them.
    3. The record of accumulated incidents has led us to make a decision, Mr Jones. I'm afraid we'll have to let you go.
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