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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for accruing
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  • The accruing revelations of human origin were all that she could bear.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • In his own pocket he dropped the 85 cents accruing to him by virtue of his chemical knowledge.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • Sixty penalties have been reckoned as accruing upon excommunication.

  • It does not appear that the accruing interest on this great debt was ever paid out of the revenues of the Empire.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Now, in its maturity, it fell to him to learn much of the inner secrets of its accruing mental disease.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • Meanwhile Lord Kitchener was doing his best to deal with the accruing winter discontent.

    A Handbook of the Boer War Gale and Polden, Limited
  • At the time of his death Giulio enjoyed an annual income of more than 1000 ducats, accruing from the liberalities of his patrons.

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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