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 Payments are deferred for the first 2 years (during which interest will accrue), and payments of principal and interest are made over the remaining 28 years. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 People who sit a lot and don't accrue many steps in daily life are likely to need to work harder to fit in enough activity, Kraus said. Jacqueline Stenson, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 Payments can be deferred for 18 months for loans made in 2021, although interest will accrue during that period. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Interest also can accrue, which can increase your student loan balance and total cost of your student loans. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The debt ceiling came out of the need to accrue more debt during the world wars of the 20th century, prior to which Congress had to specifically approve borrowing for each purpose. Kate Davidson, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2021 Another benefit may accrue from the stellar performance of Japan’s female athletes. Tim Hornyak/tokyo, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 The wars' financial costs will continue to accrue for years even now that the last U.S. soldier has left Afghanistan. Rachel Layne, CBS News, 1 Sep. 2021 While communicating the message, Rajiv decided to take the path of emphasizing the underlying benefits that could accrue from taking on the additional work. Krishna Kumar, Forbes, 17 June 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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14 Oct 2021

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“Accrue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accrue. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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accrue

verb

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

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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