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[uh-kroo-uh l] /əˈkru əl/
the act or process of accruing.
something accrued; accretion.
Origin of accrual
1875-80; accrue + -al2
Related forms
nonaccrual, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accrual
  • Prior year results have been restated to reflect the accrual of unrealized net losses on derivative transactions.
  • Under accrual accounting, revenue is reported for taxes when it is earned, not when received.
  • They changed the benefits program and combined sick days with vacation accrual.
  • No material adjustments to the accrual are anticipated.
  • He might have added that with each accrual of insight the affections become more demanding.
  • If you can't use the cash method, you must choose an accrual method of accounting.
  • The purpose of this letter is to clarify accrual of interest income on delinquent loans to ensure consistent reporting.
  • The exempt sick leave accrual plan is based on an employee's time in-pay-status per pay period.
British Dictionary definitions for accrual


the act of accruing
something that has accrued
(accounting) a charge incurred in one accounting period that has not been paid by the end of it
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Word Origin and History for accrual

1782, from accrue + -al (2).

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