- 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 accruing
It's now routine for people to graduate with $200K and even $300K of educational debt, at plus 7% interest, accruing daily.The Perils of Law School
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The accruing revelations of human origin were all that she could bear.She Buildeth Her House
In his own pocket he dropped the 85 cents accruing to him by virtue of his chemical knowledge.The Trimmed Lamp
Sixty penalties have been reckoned as accruing upon excommunication.The Mysteries of All Nations
It does not appear that the accruing interest on this great debt was ever paid out of the revenues of the Empire.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay
To their thinking, women were occasionally very convenient as being the depositaries of some of the accruing wealth of the world.Ayala's Angel
- 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 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.