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 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, Smithsonian, "What Astronomers Can Learn From Hot Jupiters, the Scorching Giant Planets of the Galaxy," 11 Oct. 2019 And when researchers tried to add extra oxytocin by itself, the hormone’s benefits were overwhelmed by waste accreted in old blood. The Economist, "Uncovering how the body ages is leading to drugs to reverse it," 12 Sep. 2019 This speed limit can theoretically be exceeded if the matter is collapsing fast enough; Basu and Das’ model suggests the black holes were accreting matter at three times the Eddington rate for as long as the chain reaction was happening. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?," 18 July 2019 This produces what are called luminous accreting black holes. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Accrete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accreting. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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