An example of accrue is the interest added to a loan, increasing the balance due over time.
intransitive verb-·crued′, -·cru′ing
- to come as a natural growth, advantage, or right (to)
- to be added periodically as an increase: said esp. of interest on money
Origin of accrueMiddle English acreuen from Old French acreu, past participle of acroistre, increase from Classical Latin accrescere: see accretion
verbac·crued, ac·cru·ing, ac·crues
- To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment: interest accruing in my savings account.
- To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth: common sense that accrues with experience.
- To come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable.
Origin of accrueMiddle English acreuen from Old French acreu past participle of acroistre to increase, add from Latin accrēscere to grow ad- ad- crēscere to arise ; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present accrues, present participle accruing, simple past and past participle accrued)
- (intransitive) To increase, to augment; to come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent.
- (intransitive, accounting) To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.
- The monthly financial statements show all the actual but only some of the accrued expenses.
- (intransitive, law) To become an enforceable and permanent right.
- (obsolete) Something that accrues; advantage accruing
accrue - Legal Definition
- To come into existence or mature as an enforceable claim or right. For example, a cause of action may be sued upon once it is an enforceable claim. Likewise, the interest on a sum owed accrues on the date the interest becomes due.
- To accumulate.