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/ əˈkrit /

verb (used without object), ac·cret·ed, ac·cret·ing.

to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to).

verb (used with object), ac·cret·ed, ac·cret·ing.

to add, as by growth.


Botany. grown together.

Nearby words

accreditation, accredited, accrementition, accrescence, accrescent, accrete, accretio cordis, accretion, accretion disk, accretionary growth, accretionary wedge

Origin of accrete

First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from accretion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accrete

  • It will leave the ACA intact, as is, to accrete interest group support until reform becomes all-but-impossible.

    After The GOP Fails to Repeal Obamacare|David Frum|February 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • And as I continued to do this these fantasias began to accrete more and more about the figure of Derwent Rose.

    The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for accrete


/ (əˈkriːt) /


to grow or cause to grow together; be or become fused
to make or become bigger, as by addition

Word Origin for accrete

C18: back formation from accretion
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