Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for accrue on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), ac·crued, ac·cru·ing. to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc. to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money. . Law to become a present and enforceable right or demand. Origin of accrue 1425–75; late Middle English acruen, acrewen,
Middle French accreu(e
), past participle of
to increase <
accretion Related forms ac·cru·a·ble, adjective ac·crue·ment, noun non·ac·crued, adjective non·ac·cru·ing, adjective su·per·ac·crue, verb (used without object), su·per·ac·crued, su·per·ac·cru·ing. un·ac·crued, adjective Antonyms 1, 2. dwindle, decrease, diminish, lessen, dissipate.
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British Dictionary definitions for accruable verb -crues, -cruing or -crued (intr) to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest ( often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for) law (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced Word Origin
C15: from Old French
accreue growth, ultimately from Latin accrēscere to increase, from ad- to, in addition + crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for accruable accrue v.
mid-15c., from Old French
acreue "growth, increase, what has grown," fem. of acreu, past participle of acreistre (Modern French accroître) "to increase," from Latin accrescere (see accretion). Related: Accrued; accruing. Apparently a verb from a French noun because there is no English verb to go with it until much later, unless the record is defective.
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