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.

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

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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accrue (əˈkruː)
vb , -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
[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 & History

mid-15c., from O.Fr. acreue "growth, increase," from acreu, pp. of acreistre "to increase," from L. accrescere (see accretion).
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Example sentences
For one thing, power accrues to the proprietors of the central nodes on the global computer.
Additionally, this work seems to imply that not everyone accrues equal benefits from buying name brands.
As a result any value they add accrues mainly to themselves rather than to the world.
As long as the profit accrues to the manager of the instrument so also must the risk.
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