intransitive verb-·cret′ed, -·cret′ing
- to grow by being added to
- to grow together; adhere
Origin of accretefrom Classical Latin accretus, past participle of accrescere: see accretion
to cause to adhere or unite (to)
Bot. grown together
verbac·cret·ed, ac·cret·ing, ac·cretes
To make larger or greater, as by increased growth.
- To grow together; fuse.
- To grow or increase gradually, as by addition.
Origin of accreteBack-formation from accretion
(third-person singular simple present accretes, present participle accreting, simple past and past participle accreted)
- (to fuse): Used with the word to.
Back-formation from accretion.