- to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
- to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money.
- Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.
Origin of accrue
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Examples from the Web for accrue
You have to accrue power, use it in ethical ways, and hope that voters reward you for doing this.Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy
November 5, 2013
Makes your kids want to do their chores, by allowing them to purchase prizes with the points they accrue.
Makes your kids want to do their chores by allowing them to purchase prizes with the points they accrue.
And Blizzard takes a 15% cut of the real-money transactions; the commissions that used to flow to eBay now accrue to them.Diablo 3 Director Regrets Building an In-Game Market
March 29, 2013
Democratic politics are the accumulation of a great many small decisions and actions that will accrue to what seems a big picture.Buckley, Birchers, Tea and the Fringe
December 5, 2012
Joro was a monarchist for sentimental reasons, not for the profits that might accrue to him.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
And what glory to God, what advantage to men, could accrue from these apparitions?The Phantom World
To reveal his secret would be to destroy the prestige that must accrue to him from exercising it.Scaramouche
What benefit could accrue to him from a great political convulsion?The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
But I assume that such share of it as may accrue, will be—ha!The Paliser case
- to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest
- (often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)
- law (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced
Word Origin and History for accrue
mid-15c., from Old French acreue "growth, increase, what has grown," fem. of acreu, past participle of acreistre (Modern French accroître) "to increase," from Latin accrescere (see accretion). Related: Accrued; accruing. Apparently a verb from a French noun because there is no English verb to go with it until much later, unless the record is defective.