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accrue

[uh-kroo] /əˈkru/
verb (used without object), accrued, accruing.
1.
to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
2.
to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money.
3.
Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.
Origin of accrue
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
Synonyms
1, 2. accumulate, collect, grow, increase.
Antonyms
1, 2. dwindle, decrease, diminish, lessen, dissipate.
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  • I would merely sum up the advantages which I conceive have accrued to us by this march.

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  • Here are children in abundance, and what benefit could have accrued to me from his purchasing Vernon?

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  • Estimate the benefits that would have accrued to this country in the last 250 years if he had been paid 500 to suppress his epic.

  • But David counted out his debt to her methodically, with the accrued interest.

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  • None could be issued, used as security for loans, or bought up by the government, at less than par plus the accrued interest.

British Dictionary definitions for accrued

accrue

/əˈkruː/
verb (intransitive) -crues, -cruing, -crued
1.
to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest
2.
(often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)
3.
(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 accrued

accrue

v.

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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