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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accrueverb

    grow by addition

    "The interest accrues"

  2. accrue, fallverb

    come into the possession of

    "The house accrued to the oldest son"


  1. accruenoun

    Something that accrues; advantage accruing

  2. accrueverb

    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.

  3. accrueverb

    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.

  4. accrueverb

    To become an enforceable and permanent right.

  5. Etymology: * First attested in mid 15th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ACCRUEverb

    Etymology: from the participle accrû, formed from accroître, Fr.

    The Son of God, by his incarnation, hath changed the manner of that personal subsistence; no alteration thereby accruing to the nature of God. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 54.

    From which compact there arising an obligation upon every one, so to convey his meaning, there accrues also a right to every one, by the same signs, to judge of the sense or meaning of the person so obliged to express himself. Robert South, Sermons.

    Let the evidence of such a particular miracle be never so bright and clear, yet it is still but particular; and must therefore want that kind of force, that degree of influence, which accrues to a standing general proof, from its having been tried or approved, and consented to, by men of all ranks and capacities, of all tempers and interests, of all ages and nations. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    His scholar Aristotle , as in many other particulars, so likewise in this, did justly oppose him, and became one of the authors; choosing a certain benefit, before the hazard that might accrue from the disrespects of ignorant persons. John Wilkins, Math. Mag.

    The yearly benefit, that, out of those his works, accrueth to her majesty, amounteth to one thousand pounds. Richard Carew, Surv.

    The great profits which have accrued to the duke of Florence from his free port, have set several of the states of Italy on the same subject. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The benefit or loss of such a trade accruing to the government, until it comes to take root in the nation. William Temple, Misc.


  1. accrue

    In finance, an accrual (accumulation) of something is the adding together of interest or different investments over a period of time.


  1. accrue

    Accrue generally refers to the accumulation or growth of something over time, typically related to finances or benefits. It could mean to accumulate interests, earnings, benefits, or debts. It could also denote the process of making periodic additions to the capital or assets, or something that naturally increases or is added periodically.

  2. accrue

    To accrue means to gradually increase or accumulate over time, often in relation to interest, benefits, or financial gains. It can also refer to the accumulation of something through natural growth or addition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accruenoun

    to increase; to augment

  2. Accruenoun

    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

  3. Accruenoun

    something that accrues; advantage accruing

  4. Etymology: [See Accrue, n., and cf. Accresce, Accrete.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accrue

    ak-krōō′, v.i. to spring or grow as a natural result (with from): to fall to any one by way of advantage (with unto, to). [O. Fr. acrewe, what grows up in a wood to the profit of the owner; acreistre—L. accrescĕre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accrue in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accrue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of accrue in a Sentence

  1. Steve Emerson:

    It will accrue to their positive development in terms of financing, reputation and all that, and there'll probably be a brigade named in the brothers' memory.

  2. Roger Brown:

    Those candidates on that waiting list then, while that program is inactive, are not eligible to receive any organ offers ... but those patients continue to accrue waiting time, they do not lose their place in line.

  3. Pratheepan Gulasekaram:

    Based on (Hanen's) language, it stands to reason that if you stay this order then those harms would start to accrue and that's the whole point of him enjoining the order in the first place.

  4. Marie Antoinette:

    It is the nature of human beings, and especially of the mediocre ones, to wish to change everything. They desire it all the more because they know popularity will accrue rather to those who disturb than to those who maintain order.

  5. Scott Kennedy:

    I think people would read it for what it is - wanting to make sure that whatever access is given to foreign companies, the benefits still accrue to domestic companies.

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