ac·cu·mu·late vb -lat·ed, -lat·ing
vt: to gather esp. little by little; specif: to add (income from a fund) back into the principal
vi: to increase gradually in amount or number

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (amass) verb accumulare, agglomerate, aggregate, assemble, bring together, coacervare, collect, collect into a mass, collect together, colligate, combine, compile, concentrate, cumulate, garner, gather, gather into a mass, gather together, gather up, hoard, mass, pile up, stockpile, store up, unite associated concepts: accumulate dividends, accumulate funds, accumulate income, accumulated damages, accumulated deductions, accumulated earnings, accumulated profits, accumulated reserve, accumulated sick leave, accumulated surplus, accumulation in a trust, accumulative judgment, accumulative sentence, consecutive sentence II (enlarge) verb accrue, add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, broaden, build up, enlarge in size, exaggerare, expand, extend, gain, greaten, grow, grow larger, increase, make greater, multiply, redouble, reinforce, spread, swell foreign phrases:
- Alienatio rei praefertur juri accrescendi. — The law prefers the alienation of property rather than accumulation
III index accrue (increase), aggregate, codify, collect (gather), compile, concentrate (consolidate), congregate, conjoin, consolidate (unite), convene, crystallize, cull, expand, fund, garner, glean, hoard, increase, inure (benefit), join (bring together), keep (shelter), obtain, procure, raise (collect), reserve, set aside (annul), store

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To gradually acquire or gather an increasing amount of something.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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