An example of accrue is the interest added to a loan, increasing the balance due over time.
Interest accruing in my savings account.
I have accrued 15 days of sick leave.
Savings accounts accrue interest.
The monthly financial statements show all the actual but only some of the accrued expenses.
Common sense that accrues with experience.
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
- First attested in mid 15th century.