- 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 accrued
He takes careful sips while passing down the collective knowledge of his ancestors, accrued over countless generations.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine
August 29, 2014
Still, Diamond is finding the reputation he's accrued over the past decade hard to lose.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
The show looked and felt nothing like the one that accrued eight seasons of fans.‘Community’ Review: ‘Repilot’ Is Both an Epic Failure and a Major Success
January 3, 2014
He goes beyond Haass to focus on the immense profits that accrued to American contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.The End of the Illusion: America Finally Learns Its Limits
April 30, 2013
The petition has accrued 413 signatures so far, as well as multiple comments of support.Petition Filed Against John Galliano’s Parsons Class
Misty White Sidell
April 26, 2013
Here are children in abundance, and what benefit could have accrued to me from his purchasing Vernon?Lady Susan
But David counted out his debt to her methodically, with the accrued interest.IT and Other Stories
What evils have accrued from want of consideration and foresight!Camilla
To the family of the Palassis much honour had accrued—not forgetting the Callahans.Old Judge Priest
Irvin S. Cobb
Certain expenses will have accrued which have not been paid.
- 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 accrued
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.