Learner's definition of ACCUMULATE
to gather or acquire (something) gradually as time passes
She has slowly accumulated [=amassed] a fortune.
You can accumulate [=earn] bonus points by participating in surveys.
The police have been accumulating [=collecting] evidence of his guilt.
to increase gradually in amount as time passes
The company's goal was a slow, steady accumulation of profits.
The disease is caused by accumulations of fat in the kidneys.