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verb (used without object), ac·cret·ed, ac·cret·ing.
  1. to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to).
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verb (used with object), ac·cret·ed, ac·cret·ing.
  1. to add, as by growth.
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  1. Botany. grown together.
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Origin of accrete

First recorded in 1775–85; back formation from accretion
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Examples from the Web for accreted

Historical Examples

  • 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.

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
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Word Origin

C18: back formation from accretion
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