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 accruable (audio) \ adjective
accruement \ ə-​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
Recent Examples on the Web With the latter, the IRS will pause on collecting the debt until the taxpayer's financial situation improves, although penalties and interest will continue to accrue. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "IRS says it's not extending the July 15 tax deadline," 30 June 2020 Davies has managed to accrue a massive following who is simply amazed at his ability to guess all kinds of random locations on the game GeoGuessr. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Guy Only Needs 10 Seconds to Guess Which Country He's Looking at in Google Street View," 26 June 2020 His answer is that investors have already looked past the dismal results that will accrue in 2020, and even beyond. Dallas News, "Texas business outlook: It’s still bad, but not as bad as it was," 2 June 2020 Politically, clashes might accrue to Trump’s benefit. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Workers at Trump’s Tulsa rally test positive for COVID-19, as campaign reboot promises cheers, clashes and contagion," 20 June 2020 Points will accrue through the completion of the second FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship, on Aug. 30 — assuming all events and the Ryder Cup remain on schedule. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ryder Cup revises selection criteria, meaning more captain's selections for Steve Stricker," 10 June 2020 Instead, employer payroll tax cuts would accrue mainly to the benefit of big businesses, which have the financial resources to keep employees on the payroll without federal relief. Max Richtman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump is pushing to eliminate payroll taxes. It could doom Social Security," 3 June 2020 After taking over at Auburn as head coach and athletics director in 1981, Dye went on to accrue the third-most wins in program history while going 99-39-4, posting a 71.1 percent winning percentage. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn mourns the death of coaching icon Pat Dye," 1 June 2020 Plus, as the years progress the lower cost of operating an electric vehicle (fuel and maintenance) continue to accrue. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "EV vs. Gas: Which Cars Are Cheaper to Own?," 22 May 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of accrue

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


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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