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 As cells age and divide, small errors accrete in their DNA. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 Paint is woven and layered and allowed to accrete in ways that evoke human flesh. Los Angeles Times, "How Linda Stark transforms kitschy hearts into visceral symbols of love and valor," 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, "What Are Stars?: A Guide," 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, "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

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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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“Accrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accrete. Accessed 18 Jan. 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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