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verb ac·crue \ə-ˈkrü\

: to increase in value or amount gradually as time passes : to grow or build up slowly

: to come to or be given to someone


Full Definition of ACCRUE

intransitive verb
:  to come into existence as a legally enforceable claim
a :  to come about as a natural growth, increase, or advantage <the wisdom that accrues with age>
b :  to come as a direct result of some state or action <rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me — Germaine Greer>
:  to accumulate or be added periodically <interest accrues on a daily basis>
transitive verb
:  to accumulate or have due after a period of time <accrue vacation time>
ac·cru·able \-ˈkrü-ə-bəl\ adjective
ac·crue·ment \-ˈkrü-mənt\ noun

Examples of ACCRUE

  1. I'll get back all the money I invested, plus any interest and dividends that have accrued.
  2. investments that have accrued interest and dividends

Origin of ACCRUE

Middle English acreuen, probably from Anglo-French *acrue increase, from acreistre to increase, from Latin accrescere, from ad- + crescere to grow — more at crescent
First Known Use: 15th century


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