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
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.
Subsidized Stafford loans help lower the high cost of higher education for about six million students a year because the interest doesn't start to accrue while the borrower is in school and for six months after graduation.
Ballay had been sentenced to life as a habitual offender after accruing 120 arrests, including more than 70 felony arrests, with 25 convictions, along with numerous misdemeanor charges.
And there’s no pause button; like Twitter itself, Tweetping’s data accrues incessantly; there’s no off switch but the back button.
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Origin and Etymology of accrue
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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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