verb (used with object), ac·cret·ed, ac·cret·ing.
  1. to add, as by growth.
  1. Botany. grown together.

Origin of accrete

First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from accretion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of accrete

  • And as I continued to do this these fantasias began to accrete more and more about the figure of Derwent Rose.

British Dictionary definitions for accrete


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

Word Origin for accrete

C18: back formation from accretion
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