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accrue

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verb ac·crue \ə-ˈkrü\

Simple Definition of accrue

  • : 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

ac·cruedac·cru·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come into existence as a legally enforceable claim

  3. 2 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>

  4. 3 :  to accumulate or be added periodically <interest accrues on a daily basis>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to accumulate or have due after a period of time <accrue vacation time>

ac·cru·ableplay \-ˈkrü-ə-bəl\ adjective
ac·crue·ment play \-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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