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English verb: pile up

1. pile up (change) collect or gather

SamplesJournals are accumulating in my office.
The work keeps piling up.

Synonymsaccumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate, gather

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)accrete, backlog, drift

2. pile up (contact) arrange into piles or stacks

SamplesShe piled up her books in my living room.

Synonymsheap up, stack up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)collect, garner, gather, pull together

3. pile up (possession) get or gather together

SamplesI am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife.
She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis.
She rolled up a small fortune.

ExamplesThey pile up the money in the closet

Synonymsaccumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, roll up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store

Narrower (hyponym)bale, catch, chunk, collect, come up, corral, fund, fund, lump, pull in, run up, scrape, scrape up, scratch

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