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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British Dictionary definitions for accreted


  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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