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Definition to collect or gradually increase
  • Greenhouse gas continues to accumulate in the atmosphere.
accumulate = gradually increase
  • DNA damage accumulates with age.
  • accumulates = gradually increases
  • You mustn't start life by accumulating debts.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Not only are the scars from the arena gone, but those accumulated over years of hunting have vanished without a trace.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Rich people have no right to sit down and enjoy themselves, or let their money accumulate for others to waste.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She did not see the women approaching, accumulating slowly in groups of twos and threes from the left.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Heaven forbid that I should grudge my native country any portion of the wealth that may be accumulated by our descendants!'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • At sunset she went outdoors, suffering a torment of accumulating suspense.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But amid the pretentious splendor which Roger Lanyon had accumulated, Joyce was not tedious.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Only after a year did the accumulated malice (which until then had been vented, for the sake of training, on animals) find its true goal: people.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Already her suitcases bulged with items she'd accumulated; she was surprised how many of these there were.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • It was really, achingly, endlessly true, and it was always during roll calls that the accumulated misery threatened to overwhelm me.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I gradually accumulated a larger and larger stack of coins.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • There were little white things falling out of the sky, and they seemed to be accumulating on the ground.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • You see it was Robinson Crusoe asking all the accumulated questions of fifty-six years!
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • He's accumulated plenty of experience and knows how to delay proceedings.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • As we were not allowed to bend down, everyone took out his spoon and ate the accumulated snow off his neighbor's back.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Her punishment accumulated; she continued to bear it, however, with a good deal of superficial fortitude.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • To think how languages could accumulate in a family, in a country like that.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • They pressed—they swarmed upon me in ever accumulating heaps.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum

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