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!
  • 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 have led us to make a decision, Mr. Jones. I'm afraid we'll have to let you go.
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