Definition of accrue
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 ageb : 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
: to accumulate or have due after a period of time accrue vacation time
accruableplay \-ˈkrü-ə-bəl\ adjective
accruementplay \-ˈkrü-mənt\ 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 of accrue from the Web
Monster Hunter has accrued a mesh of complex systems over the years, explains Kaname Fujioka, the game's executive director.
Solar panels meanwhile can accrue dust and become less efficient, and also stop working entirely at night.
But New York and other northern cities accrued vast wealth from slave labor and profited for centuries from dealings in the slave trade.
One or two days each week are dedicated to classwork at a local community college or technical school, but no college debt is accrued.
Capitalism was a means to power and feminism was about accruing power.
New employees may be fired for accruing four points in their first six months.
Ferguson also detailed the city's practice of allowing police from both the rank-and-file and brass to accrue compensatory time for working extra hours.
California utilities have saved $52 million, with smaller savings accruing to NV Energy, Arizona Public Service and Puget Sound Energy.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
ACCRUE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Legal Definition of accrue
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.
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
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
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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