Accrue Definition

accrued, accrues, accruing
accrued, accrues, accruing
To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment.
Interest accruing in my savings account.
American Heritage
To come as a natural growth, advantage, or right (to)
Webster's New World
To accumulate periodically as an increase.
Savings accounts accrue interest.
Webster's New World
To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth.
Common sense that accrues with experience.
American Heritage
To be added periodically as an increase.
Webster's New World
(obsolete) Something that accrues; advantage accruing.

Origin of Accrue

  • Middle English acreuen from Old French acreu past participle of acroistre to increase, add from Latin accrēscere to grow ad- ad- crēscere to arise ker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English acrewen, from Old French acreüe, past participle of accreistre (“to increase”), from Latin accrēsco (“increase”), from ad (“in addition”) + crēscō (“to grow”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare accretion, accresce, accrete, crew, crescent.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in mid 15th century.

    From Wiktionary

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