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 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, "New Books," 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, "New Books," 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, "New Books," 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, "New Books," 30 Mar. 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, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 There are more solids available, and that could facilitate forming giant planets by providing material for their cores, which would then accrete gas and become gas giants. John Wenz, Ars Technica, "Lessons from scorching hot weirdo-planets," 22 Dec. 2019 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, "New Books," 2 Mar. 2020 There are more solids available, and that could facilitate forming giant planets by providing material for their cores, which would then accrete gas and become gas giants. John Wenz, Ars Technica, "Lessons from scorching hot weirdo-planets," 22 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Jun 2020

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“Accrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accrete. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for accrete

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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