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accrete

[uh-kreet] /əˈkrit/
verb (used without object), accreted, accreting.
1.
to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to).
verb (used with object), accreted, accreting.
2.
to add, as by growth.
adjective
3.
Botany. grown together.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; back formation from accretion
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Examples from the web for accrete
  • The microbes metabolize manganese in the dust that lands on the rock, and metabolites accrete on the rock's surface.
  • The containment dikes are built to allow time for the marsh platform to accrete.
  • Rather, environmental factors determine whether coral can accrete limestone faster than it is eroded or covered.
British Dictionary definitions for accrete

accrete

/əˈkriːt/
verb
1.
to grow or cause to grow together; be or become fused
2.
to make or become bigger, as by addition
Word Origin
C18: back formation from accretion
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