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[uh-kroo] /əˈkru/
verb (used without object), accrued, accruing.
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
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English acruen, acrewen, probably < Anglo-French accru(e), Middle French accreu(e), past participle of ac(c)reistre to increase < Latin accrēscere grow. See ac-, crew1, accretion
Related forms
accruable, adjective
accruement, noun
nonaccrued, adjective
nonaccruing, adjective
superaccrue, verb (used without object), superaccrued, superaccruing.
unaccrued, adjective
1, 2. accumulate, collect, grow, increase.
1, 2. dwindle, decrease, diminish, lessen, dissipate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is most desirable that these accruing demands should be met without resorting to new loans.

  • In his own pocket he dropped the 85 cents accruing to him by virtue of his chemical knowledge.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • Attempts are constantly made both in the United States and England to take from woman the dower right now accruing to them.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • It does not appear that the accruing interest on this great debt was ever paid out of the revenues of the Empire.

  • Sixty penalties have been reckoned as accruing upon excommunication.

  • To their thinking, women were occasionally very convenient as being the depositaries of some of the accruing wealth of the world.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • The only credit I can claim as accruing to me is the glory of commanding troops so valorous.

    Famous Firesides of French Canada Mary Wilson Alloway
  • During the first two or three years the accruing dividends were invested in fruit lands in Jamaica and everything went well.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Money left by deceased prisoners, or accruing from the sale of their effects, will be placed in the Prison Fund.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
British Dictionary definitions for accruing


verb (intransitive) -crues, -cruing, -crued
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
C15: from Old French accreue growth, ultimately from Latin accrēscere to increase, from ad- to, in addition + crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for accruing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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