- to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to).
- to add, as by growth.
- Botany. grown together.
Origin of accrete
First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from accretion
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Examples from the Web for accreted
It must run on at any rate for some years longer before it shall have accreted a convincing weight.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
We have the richest language that ever a people has accreted, and we use it as if it were the poorest.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
William J. Locke
- to grow or cause to grow together; be or become fused
- to make or become bigger, as by addition
C18: back formation from accretion
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