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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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