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[uh-kroo] /əˈkru/
verb (used without object), accrued, accruing.
to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money.
Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.
Origin of accrue
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English acruen, acrewen, probably < Anglo-French accru(e), Middle French accreu(e), past participle of ac(c)reistre to increase < Latin accrēscere grow. See ac-, crew1, accretion
Related forms
accruable, adjective
accruement, noun
nonaccrued, adjective
nonaccruing, adjective
superaccrue, verb (used without object), superaccrued, superaccruing.
unaccrued, adjective
1, 2. accumulate, collect, grow, increase.
1, 2. dwindle, decrease, diminish, lessen, dissipate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for accrue
  • The benefits of concluding trade deals are certain and accrue in the short term.
  • Your data is useless if you don't follow proper protocol to accrue it.
  • The company's college program will allow workers to accrue credits for training at work.
  • Loyalty programs allow members to accrue points for money spent or trips taken with a particular company.
  • Paffenbarger and others argued that the benefits of exercise could accrue even if it was begun in middle age.
  • Our most recent research suggests that you can accrue benefits even if you don't get the recommended dose.
  • Interest on the loan will accrue while your child is in college, but she can defer payments until she graduates.
  • In these plans, employees accrue benefits steadily, one decade to the next.
  • If my $1000 in the bank doesn't accrue interest at a higher rate than inflation, I lose money through lost purchasing power.
  • The desire to know the future also has great allure because of the material benefits one can accrue.
British Dictionary definitions for accrue


verb (intransitive) -crues, -cruing, -crued
to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest
(often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)
(law) (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced
Word Origin
C15: from Old French accreue growth, ultimately from Latin accrēscere to increase, from ad- to, in addition + crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for accrue

mid-15c., from Old French acreue "growth, increase, what has grown," fem. of acreu, past participle of acreistre (Modern French accroître) "to increase," from Latin accrescere (see accretion). Related: Accrued; accruing. Apparently a verb from a French noun because there is no English verb to go with it until much later, unless the record is defective.

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