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accrue

[uh-kroo]
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verb (used without object), ac·crued, ac·cru·ing.
  1. to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
  2. to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money.
  3. Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.

Origin of accrue

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 formsac·cru·a·ble, adjectiveac·crue·ment, nounnon·ac·crued, adjectivenon·ac·cru·ing, adjectivesu·per·ac·crue, verb (used without object), su·per·ac·crued, su·per·ac·cru·ing.un·ac·crued, adjective

Synonyms

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1, 2. accumulate, collect, grow, increase.

Antonyms

1, 2. dwindle, decrease, diminish, lessen, dissipate.
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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.

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for accruing

accrue

verb -crues, -cruing or -crued (intr)
  1. to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest
  2. (often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)
  3. 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

accrue

v.

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.

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