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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

22 January 2019

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  • cumulate

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 22, 2019 is:

    cumulate • \KYOO-myuh-layt\  • verb

    1 : to gather or pile in a heap

    2 : to combine into one

    3 : to build up by addition of new material


    "In the alternative, the company may provide greater input to minority shareholders by allowing shareholders to cumulate their votes and cast them all for one director." — Gregory Monday, The Milwaukee Business Journal, 5 Mar. 2018

    "The report … compares various income estimates and reaches a similar conclusion: Most Americans have realized small annual increases that ultimately cumulated into meaningful gains." — Robert Samuelson, The Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine), 12 Dec. 2018

    Did you know?

    Cumulate and its far more common relative accumulate both come from the Latin word cumulare, meaning "to heap up." Cumulare, in turn, comes from cumulus, meaning "mass." (Cumulus functions as an English word in its own right as well. It can mean "heap" or "accumulation," or it can refer to a kind of dense puffy cloud with a flat base and rounded outlines.) Cumulate and accumulate overlap in meaning, but you're likely to find cumulate mostly in technical contexts. The word's related adjective, cumulative, however, is used more widely.

  • substantive

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 21, 2019 is:

    substantive • \SUB-stun-tiv\  • adjective

    1 : having substance : involving matters of major or practical importance to all concerned

    2 : considerable in amount or numbers : substantial

    3 a : real rather than apparent : firm; also : permanent, enduring

    b : belonging to the substance of a thing : essential

    c : expressing existence

    4 a : having the nature or function of a noun

    b : relating to or having the character of a noun or pronominal term in logic

    5 : creating and defining rights and duties


    "How many more carefully researched reports will need to be released before we finally act in a substantive way to protect our only home, planet Earth?" — Edwin Andrews, The New York Times, 14 Dec. 2018

    "These are the moments—funny, yet substantive and cuttingly insightful—that will remain in the collective memory long after Ralph Breaks the Internet leaves cinemas and many of its meme jokes lose their relevance." — Jim Vejvoda, IGN (, 20 Nov. 2018

    Did you know?

    Substantive was borrowed into Middle English from the Anglo-French adjective sustentif, meaning "having or expressing substance," and can be traced back to the Latin verb substare, which literally means "to stand under." Figuratively, the meaning of substare is best understood as "to stand firm" or "to hold out." Since the 14th century, we have used substantive to speak of that which is of enough "substance" to stand alone, or be independent. By the 19th century, the word evolved related meanings, such as "enduring" and "essential." It also shares some senses with substantial, such as "considerable in quantity."

  • wherewithal

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2019 is:

    wherewithal • \WAIR-wih-thawl\  • noun

    : means or resources for purchasing or doing something; specifically : financial resources : money


    If I had the wherewithal, I'd buy that empty lot next door and put in a garden.

    "Typically, when a person makes more money and has more savings, they add credit such as signing up for a new card or taking on a car loan. That's because they're confident they have the financial wherewithal to pay back the debt." — Janna Herron, USA Today, 5 Dec. 2018

    Did you know?

    Wherewithal has been with us in one form or another since the 16th century. It comes from our still-familiar word where, and withal, a Middle English combination of with and all, meaning "with." Wherewithal has been used as a conjunction meaning "with or by means of which" and as a pronoun meaning "that with or by which." These days, however, it is almost always used as a noun referring to the means or resources—especially financial resources—one has at one's disposal.