accumulate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: to collect, acquire or gather

Commentary: NP1[agent] ACCUMULATE[transitive] NP2[target]
NOTE: different from sense 2 because sense 1 is transitive. NP1 accumulates NP2, whether NP1 is an agent (I accumulated evidence) or a recipient (The account accumulated money).

I am accumulating evidence for the criminal trial.
John had accumulated a fortune by the time he was thirty.
So you'd like to accumlate good karma?
Buyers can accumulate bonus points every time they use their credit card.

VerbNet: herd-47.5.2,obtain-13.5.2-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: accumulate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: become greater as the result of a process

Commentary: NP1[theme] ACCUMULATE[intransitive] (PP{P NP[location]}) NP1[theme] ACCUMULATE[instransitive] ADVP[manner]
NOTE: Sense 2 is not transitive. Only one NP is necessary.

Journals are accumulating in my office.
Dentists worry over the fact that fluorides accumulate in the body.
My sick days are rapidly accumulating.
Some chemicals are known to accumulate in the blood.
Carbon monoxide fumes quickly accumulated with the car engine running in the closed garage.
The external public debt rapidly accumulated and climbed to US$2.6 billion at the end of 1999.

VerbNet: herd-47.5.2
FrameNet: Amassing
PropBank: accumulate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2