accrue

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verb ac·crue \ə-ˈkrü\

Definition of accrue

accrued

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accruing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come into existence as a legally enforceable claim

  3. 2a :  to come about as a natural growth, increase, or advantage the wisdom that accrues with ageb :  to come as a direct result of some state or action rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me — Germaine Greer

  4. 3 :  to accumulate or be added periodically interest accrues on a daily basis

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to accumulate or have due after a period of time accrue vacation time

accruable

play \-ˈkrü-ə-bəl\ adjective

accruement

play \-ˈkrü-mənt\ noun

Examples of accrue in a sentence

  1. I'll get back all the money I invested, plus any interest and dividends that have accrued.

  2. investments that have accrued interest and dividends

Origin and Etymology of accrue

Middle English acrewen, acruwen, probably borrowed from Anglo-French *acreue “increase,” noun derivative from feminine of acreu, past participle of acreistre “to increase, grow,” going back to Latin accrēscere, from ad- ad- + crēscere “to grow” — more at 1crescent


First Known Use: 15th century


ACCRUE Defined for English Language Learners

accrue

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verb ac·crue \ə-ˈkrü\

Definition of accrue for English Language Learners

  • : to increase in value or amount gradually as time passes : to grow or build up slowly

  • : to come to or be given to someone


Law Dictionary

accrue

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verb ac·crue \ə-ˈkrü\

Legal Definition of accrue

accrued

accruing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come into existence as an enforceable claim :  vest as a right action…does not accrue until the plaintiff knew or reasonably should have known that he may have suffered injury — National Law Journal Editor's note: Statutes of limitations begin to run when a cause of action accrues.

  3. 2 :  to come by way of increase or addition :  arise as a growth or result —usually used with to or from advantages accruing to society from the freedom of the press interest accrues to the seller as a result of the delay

  4. 3 :  to be periodically accumulated in the process of time whether as an increase or a decrease the accruing of taxes allowing the receivable interest to accrue

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to accumulate or have due after a period of time authorized by law to accrue leave in the maximum amount of 90 days

  7. 2 :  to enter in the books as an accrual

Origin and Etymology of accrue

Middle French accreue increase, addition to a property, from feminine of accreu, past participle of acreistre to increase



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