ac·​cru·​al | \ ə-ˈkrü-əl How to pronounce accrual (audio) \

Definition of accrual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or process of accruing something money gained by the accrual of interest
2 : something that accrues or has accrued an employee's vacation accruals



Definition of accrual (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or being a method of accounting that recognizes income when earned and expenses when incurred regardless of when cash is received or disbursed (see disburse sense 1a) — compare cash entry 2

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Examples of accrual in a Sentence

Noun had an accrual of $100 through interest on my savings account last year
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In other recent hotel points news, IHG Rewards points are now eligible for accrual and redemption at many Six Senses properties, including Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles and Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. Ramsey Qubein, Robb Report, 19 Oct. 2021 This accrual of specialness can be one explanation for how possessions accumulate and turn into unused clutter. Jacqueline Rifkin, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Discoverist status adds a 10 percent bonus to your point accrual, Explorist a 20 percent bonus, and Globalist a 30 percent bonus. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 June 2021 That represents the fastest accrual of four No. 1 hits for any artist on the chart since Justin Timberlake in 2007, and the quickest for a group since the Jackson 5 in 1970. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 2 June 2021 Currently, federal student loan payments and interest accrual are on temporary pause through September 30, 2021. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Rocket came up with an innovative solution: assign everyone a day off that wouldn’t count against their PTO accrual. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021 The measures temporarily pausing loan payments, collections and interest accrual apply only to loans held by the U.S. Department of Education. Lauren Zumbach,, 10 Dec. 2020 Psaki reminded reporters Thursday that Biden directed the Department of Education last month to extend the existing pause on federal student loan repayments and interest accrual until March 31. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 4 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Those accrual amounts could be increased, decreasing payouts. Anne Stevenson-yang, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 This discrimination came after 250 years of enslavement, which necessarily prevented accrual of wealth across generations. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 On an accrual basis, June is the eleventh month in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 The contract includes more benefits for part-time workers including vacation accrual after one year of work. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 One level up is Gold Elite, which includes late check-out and a 10 percent bonus to your point accrual. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 June 2021 Since March 2020 through September 30, 2021, student loan borrowers are not required to make any student loan payments on most federal student loans, and there is no interest accrual on their student loan balance. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 8 June 2021 By providing a comprehensive view of government finances, accrual reporting helps ensure that liabilities are recognized officially and planned for. Rob Whiteman, Forbes, 17 June 2021 This is not to debate the merits of accrual-basis taxation versus deferral or to rehash the utility of a participation exemption regime versus a foreign tax credit regime. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of accrual


1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accrual


accrue + -al entry 2


derivative of accrual entry 1

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The first known use of accrual was in 1804

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24 Oct 2021

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“Accrual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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Legal Definition of accrual

1 : the action or process of accruing claim must be brought within two years of the date of accrual
2a : something that accrues especially : an amount of money that periodically accumulates for a specific purpose (as payment of taxes or interest)
b : something that has accrued during a specified period

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