September 27, 2016
cumulative (adjective)
\KYOO-myuh-luh-tiv\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: increasing (as in force, strength, or amount) by additions one after another
How do you use it?
Ms. Basil explained to the students that their cumulative score for the project would be based on the points they earned for each of their project's five parts.
Are you a word wiz?

"Cumulative" comes from the Latin word "cumulare," meaning "to heap up." Which of the following words do you think also comes from "cumulare"?

If you read the Buzzword regularly, you'll accumulate quite a set of Latin roots for your knowledge base, among them "cumulare." This root has only made a few contributions to the English language, though. We've already told you about "cumulative" and "accumulate." Another is "cumulus," which refers to a kind of cloud and is defined as "a dense puffy cloud form having a flat base and rounded outlines often piled up like a mountain."
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