to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
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.
Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.
- 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.
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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.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
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.Education: How Old The New | James J. Walsh
The benefit also accrues from the greater facility with which all community business may be conducted.American Rural Highways | T. R. Agg
In unexpected, close encounters a great advantage accrues to the side which first opens rapid and accurate fire with battle sight.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911 | United States War Department
British Dictionary definitions for accrue
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
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