accrete

verb
ac·crete | \ə-ˈkrēt \
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

Examples of accrete in a Sentence

silt accreting at the mouth of the river over time

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Their models further suggest that PDS 70b itself has a circumplanetary disc of material that is accreting to its surface. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "In a first, astronomers witness the birth of a planet from gas and dust," 2 July 2018 The action accelerates as slowly as a stair car, accreting new subplots like hop-ons. New York Times, "Review: ‘Arrested Development’ Chases Its Past, Slowly," 28 May 2018 Those filaments could have shaped the direction in which matter accreted onto these galaxies’ haloes, some scientists say. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New observations of galaxies challenge the standard cosmological model," 1 Feb. 2018 On the other hand, the rental bikes often seem to be scattered about the city in clumps: a phalanx of bikes accreting outside a Metro station, on a street corner, in a park. John Kelly, Washington Post, "You can park a dockless bike-share bicycle anywhere. But you shouldn’t.," 19 Feb. 2018 Filling the bench is a project whose impact will accrete slowly, with one decision at a time by judges who hold their jobs for decades. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Inside Trump's Plan to Dramatically Reshape U.S. Courts," 8 Feb. 2018 The moon itself is thought to be a chunk of the Earth that was smashed off in an enormous collision and then accreted from the debris. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon Had a Thick Atmosphere Billions of Years Ago, NASA Study Finds," 5 Oct. 2017 These various solids, plus frozen water (oxygen and hydrogen), frozen ammonia (nitrogen and hydrogen) and frozen methane (carbon and hydrogen), are obvious ingredients for rocky and icy cores around which gas giants might accrete. The Economist, "PlanetologyMore ways to classify planets," 13 July 2017 Here, the more legible parts confer ceremonial dignity on the undignified rite of the blind-ish date, but the sequences don’t accrete into anything much. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Rom-Com as Ritual in ‘The Art of Luv (Part 5)’," 26 May 2017

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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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accrete

verb
ac·crete | \ə-ˈkrēt \
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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