Accrue meaning

ə-kro͝o
The definition of accrue means to accumulate or grow larger in amount.

An example of accrue is the interest added to a loan, increasing the balance due over time.

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To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment.

Interest accruing in my savings account.

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To come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable.
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To accumulate over time.

I have accrued 15 days of sick leave.

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To come as a natural growth, advantage, or right (to)
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To be added periodically as an increase.
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To accumulate periodically as an increase.

Savings accounts accrue interest.

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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.
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To accumulate.
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(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.

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(intransitive, law) To become an enforceable and permanent right.
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(obsolete) Something that accrues; advantage accruing.
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To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth.

Common sense that accrues with experience.

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(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.
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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

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  • First attested in mid 15th century.

    From Wiktionary