[ uh-kroo ]
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verb (used without object),ac·crued, ac·cru·ing.
  1. to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.

  2. to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, such as an employment benefit or interest on money: Paid time off is accrued weekly, at a rate of one hour per week.

  1. Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.

Origin of accrue

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English acruen, acrewen, probably from Anglo-French accru(e), Middle French accreu(e), past participle of ac(c)resitre “to increase,” from Latin accrēscere “to grow”; see ac-, crew1, accretion

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Other words from accrue

  • ac·cru·a·ble, adjective
  • ac·crue·ment, noun
  • non·ac·cru·ing, adjective
  • su·per·ac·crue, verb (used without object), su·per·ac·crued, su·per·ac·cru·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accrue in a sentence

  • Of the old Greek Period, then, we may say that it accrues rather to the benefit of humanity than to that of science.

  • Great lyric poetry as the art of a life only accrues from the renunciation of all other forms of poetry.

    mile Verhaeren | Stefan Zweig
  • There is a small but significant advantage in vitality that accrues to later children of a family.

  • The benefit also accrues from the greater facility with which all community business may be conducted.

  • In unexpected, close encounters a great advantage accrues to the side which first opens rapid and accurate fire with battle sight.

British Dictionary definitions for accrue


/ (əˈkruː) /

verb-crues, -cruing or -crued (intr)
  1. to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest

  2. (often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)

  1. law (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced

Origin of accrue

C15: from Old French accreue growth, ultimately from Latin accrēscere to increase, from ad- to, in addition + crēscere to grow

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