• Accrue


    • UK IPA: /əˈkɹuː/, /É™.ˈkɹu/Rhymes: -uː


    • First attested in mid 15th century.
    • From Middle English acrewen, from Old French acreüe, past participle of accreistre ("to increase"), from Latin accrÄ“sco ("increase"), from ad ("in addition") + crÄ“scō ("to grow").
    • Compare accretion, accresce, accrete, crew, crescent.

    Full definition of accrue


    1. (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.
      • And though power failed, her courage did accrue - Edmund Spenser
      • Interest accrues to principal - Abbott
      • The great and essential advantages accruing to society from the freedom of the press - Junius
    2. (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.
    3. (intransitive, legal) To become an enforceable and permanent right.


    • (accounting) amortize to decrease over time, rather than increase



    (plural accrues)
    1. (obsolete) Something that accrues; advantage accruing
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