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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 accruing
  • The profits accruing to the state from the experiment have steadily increased.
  • She expected to do so in the usual way, by slowly accruing results that would eventually alter the landscape.
  • It's impossible nowadays to imagine such authority accruing to a poet.
  • It includes this idea of accruing wealth in order to make the world a better place.
  • She develops treatment-allocation procedures that use accruing data to produce better predictive estimates.
  • And still the medical and pharmaceutical communities, which were accruing enormous profits from antibiotics, were not alarmed.
  • It's also completely meaningless given the huge deficits we're accruing.
  • Further research has and is being done, and the scientific evidence refuting this hypothetical link is steadily accruing.
  • It is not always wrong to stop a trial when no benefit is accruing to those on the experimental treatment.
  • Profits are already accruing from the exotic microbes that dwell in and around the rocky monoliths.
British Dictionary definitions for accruing


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 accruing



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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