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

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For many reasons, not all of us get to age, so those fortunate to live a long life get to see the world with all the accrued experience and wisdom picked up along the way. Sable Yong, Allure, "Getting Bolder: Welcome to the Brightest, Shiniest, and Most Glittery Years of Your Life," 6 June 2019 Plus, the skin along your ribs is very delicate and could easily get scratched or even accrue some more wrinkles over time with that much wear and tear. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Don't Panic, But You've Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life," 25 Apr. 2019 Another Democratic candidate has seen his bill for an unpaid judgment accrue to well over a quarter-million dollars. Jim Morrill And Maria David, charlotteobserver, "Arrests, money problems, state probe: These are the NC legislative candidates | Charlotte Observer," 2 Apr. 2018 This is not to suggest the recurring basketball scandals on his watch should have been glossed over or that the image problems that accrued did not warrant a change in leadership. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "After months of turmoil, Tom Jurich isn't sure of his next move," 7 June 2018 Ovechkin has played this entire postseason as if liberating all the frustration that accrued during those tough times. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Capitals Purge Their Past, One Win at a Time," 3 June 2018 Min Suh, founder and CEO of Assess+RE talked about his study that shows the benefits that will accrue to the city that wins Amazon’s second headquarters. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg Baystate Business: Markets, Amazon, Opioids," 19 Mar. 2018 The benefits of those are accruing to a very small few. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Currently, the company has accrued approximately $2.4 million in sales and is producing two to four units per month. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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accrue

verb

Financial Definition of accrue

What It Is

To accrue is to record revenue and expenses in the periods in which they are incurred. Accruals, the result of accruing, are key components of the accrual method of accounting.

How It Works

Company XYZ must insure one of its buildings. The insurance company bills Company XYZ $600 every six months (one bill in January, the next in July). If each bill is for six months' coverage, then under the accrual method, Company XYZ would not record a $600 expense in January and a $600 expense in July (doing so would mean Company XYZ was using the cash method); it would instead record a $100 expense each month for the whole year. That is, Company would match the expense to the periods in which it is incurred: $100 for January, $100 for February, $100 for March, and so on.

As you can see, accruing recognizes economic events in certain periods regardless of when actual cash transactions occur.

Why It Matters

Although it is more complex, harder to implement and harder to maintain than the cash method of accounting, most analysts agree that accruing provides a more accurate picture of a company's performance. That's because in any given accounting period, revenues are associated with their corresponding expenses, which gives a truer picture of the real costs of producing the revenue in a given period.

Additionally, accruing allows companies to reflect the fact that sales may have been made and expenses incurred even if cash has not changed hands yet (as is often the case with sales made on credit and similar circumstances). This in turn produces financial statements that are comparable over time.

However, one of the big drawbacks of accruing is that it tends to obscure the nature of the company's actual cash position (e.g., a company may show millions in sales but only have $10 in its cash account because its customers haven't paid yet).

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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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