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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for accrues

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 accrues

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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