accrete

verb
ac·​crete | \ ə-ˈkrēt How to pronounce accrete (audio) \
accreted; accreting

Definition of accrete

intransitive verb

: to grow or become attached by accretion

transitive verb

: to cause to adhere or become attached also : accumulate

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Examples of accrete in a Sentence

silt accreting at the mouth of the river over time
Recent Examples on the Web And while these simulations only examined the formation of gassy worlds, in reality those prototypical realms can accrete solid material too, perhaps becoming rocky realms instead. Quanta Magazine, 7 June 2021 Some bodies get flung into the Sun; others out of the Solar System; others accrete onto larger masses. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 For the actual construction, cement-like material will be piped out like frosting from a pastry bag, forming layers that accrete upward to become walls. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 As cells age and divide, small errors accrete in their DNA. James Somers, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 Paint is woven and layered and allowed to accrete in ways that evoke human flesh. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2020 In some cases, according to NASA, a white dwarf can accrete enough material from its companion star to completely explode and go supernova. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2020 Like witches in the ages between them, both women are symptomatic figures, endlessly accreting the stories a culture wants to tell about itself. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Like witches in the ages between them, both women are symptomatic figures, endlessly accreting the stories a culture wants to tell about itself. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of accrete

1712, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for accrete

back-formation from accretion

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The first known use of accrete was in 1712

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11 Jun 2021

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“Accrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accrete. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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accrete

verb
ac·​crete | \ ə-ˈkrēt How to pronounce accrete (audio) \
accreted; accreting

Legal Definition of accrete

intransitive verb

: to grow or become attached by accretion

transitive verb

: to cause to adhere or become attached

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