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I was reading the following paragraph and saw the latest cumulative update:

Continue to work through the installation process, selecting the default values. Once the installation is complete, install the latest cumulative update for SQL Server. At the time of writing, the latest update is available at https://support.microsoft.com/ en-us/help/4527377/cumulative-update-18-for-sql-server-2017, although newer updates may have been released by the time you read this chapter.

I've searched for a difination for cumulative in some dictioanaries, for example in Collins Dictionary founded the following definition with some examples:

Definition: If a series of events have a cumulative effect, each event makes the effect greater.

Simple pleasures, such as a walk on a sunny day, have a cumulative effect on our mood. The benefits from eating fish are cumulative. Synonyms: collective, increasing, aggregate, amassed More Synonyms of cumulative cumulatively ADVERB His administration was plagued by one petty scandal after another, cumulatively very damaging

and I've founded a definition in Longman Dictionary too:

increasing gradually as more of something is added or happens

First of all, I couldn't recognize which of these definition to use to know what cumulative means in the following example:

The benefits from eating fish are cumulative

and then, what does it mean by cumulative in the following paragraph (which is about SQL Server installation in windows OS) :

Continue to work through the installation process, selecting the default values. Once the installation is complete, install the latest cumulative update for SQL Server. At the time of writing, the latest update is available at https://support.microsoft.com/ en-us/help/4527377/cumulative-update-18-for-sql-server-2017, although newer updates may have been released by the time you read this chapter.

I would be grateful if anyone give me some synonyms or alternatives for cumulative here too.

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  • Both definitions apply to the sentence about fish. The more times you eat fish, or the more of it you eat, the more health benefits you get. Dec 9, 2021 at 13:33
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    PS I would recommend that you use a spell-checker. There are lots of typing errors in your question. Dec 9, 2021 at 13:42
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    [Please be more careful with spelling. Your questions had a lot of spelling mistakes.]
    – Lambie
    Dec 9, 2021 at 15:05
  • This term has a very specific meaning in the software industry, but you can answer this question by typing "What is a cumulative update?" into Google. Dec 9, 2021 at 15:49

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The definition of 'cumulative' that applies here is:

Increasing or enlarging by successive addition.

Software updates are often sent out incrementally. A 'cumulative' update is one that collects several incremental updates together into one larger package and updates your system as one.

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