accrue

verb
ac·​crue | \ ə-ˈkrü How to pronounce accrue (audio) \
accrued; accruing

Definition of accrue

intransitive verb

1 : to come into existence as a legally enforceable claim
2a : to come about as a natural growth, increase, or advantage the wisdom that accrues with age
b : to come as a direct result of some state or action rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me— Germaine Greer
3 : to accumulate or be added periodically interest accrues on a daily basis

transitive verb

: to accumulate or have due after a period of time accrue vacation time

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Other Words from accrue

accruable \ ə-​ˈkrü-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce accrue (audio) \ adjective
accruement \ ə-​ˈkrü-​mənt How to pronounce accrue (audio) \ noun

Examples of accrue in a Sentence

I'll get back all the money I invested, plus any interest and dividends that have accrued. investments that have accrued interest and dividends
Recent Examples on the Web Investors contribute after-tax money to these accounts, but gains accrue tax-free. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Franz, at the February hearing, said the county could legally accrue at least one billion dollars more in debt, but would still have to determine how to pay that debt off. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 5 July 2021 Given these huge wealth inequities, a large income transfer in and of itself could actually exacerbate our racial wealth inequality because those income transfers could accrue to those who already have wealth. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 30 May 2021 The charitable giving mechanism has come under fire for lacking oversight, as donors can let the assets accrue indefinitely. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Workers lose wages from days out sick, and trips to the hospital can accrue massive bills. Sherrod Brown, STAT, 29 Mar. 2021 After 14 months of short-term pandemic policy, the country faces a more drastic crisis as debt continues to accrue and some housing providers consider leaving or are forced from the rental market. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Instead, the majority of the benefits would accrue to wealthy families. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 Penalties on underpayments for those periods didn’t begin to accrue until July 15. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of accrue

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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 crescent entry 1

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22 Jul 2021

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“Accrue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accrue. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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accrue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accrue

formal
: to increase in value or amount gradually as time passes : to grow or build up slowly
: to come to or be given to someone

accrue

verb
ac·​crue | \ ə-ˈkrü How to pronounce accrue (audio) \
accrued; accruing

Legal Definition of accrue

intransitive verb

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 injuryNational Law Journal

Note: Statutes of limitations begin to run when a cause of action accrues.

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
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

transitive verb

1 : to accumulate or have due after a period of time authorized by law to accrue leave in the maximum amount of 90 days
2 : to enter in the books as an accrual

History and Etymology for accrue

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

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