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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
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Examples from the web for accrued
  • The initial public offering price set forth above does not include accrued interest, if any.
  • The biggest metropolitan employment gains over the past twelve months have accrued in a diverse array of places.
  • And as the devices have quickly accrued some of the same prestige as the old codex menus.
  • But the box-office returns accrued by offbeat hits suggest a symbiotic relationship.
  • The personal fortune he accrued during that time was well-deserved.
  • The share earnings are anti-dilutive after preferred dividends accrued.
  • Gradually, he accrued seniority, power and a knack for back-room dealmaking.
  • And the more points that players accrued from their teammates' ratings, the more likely they were to win the prize.
  • As a result, accrued unfunded liabilities skyrocketed.
  • Even at low rates, interest that's accrued for years can come to a lot of money.
British Dictionary definitions for accrued


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 accrued



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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