from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment: interest accruing in my savings account.
- intransitive v. To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth: common sense that accrues with experience.
- intransitive v. To come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable.
- transitive v. To accumulate over time: I have accrued 15 days of sick leave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To increase, to augment; to come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent.
- v. To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.
- v. To become an enforceable and permanent right.
- n. Something that accrues; advantage accruing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To increase; to augment.
- intransitive v. To come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent.
- n. Something that accrues; advantage accruing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An accession; addition; reinforcement.
- n. A loop or stitch forming an extra mesh in network.
- To grow; increase; augment.
- To happen or result as a natural growth; come or fall as an addition or increment, as of profit or loss, advantage or damage; arise in due course: as, a profit accrues to government from the coinage of copper; the natural increase accrues to the common benefit.
- In law, to become a present and enforcible right or demand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come into the possession of
- v. grow by addition
Middle English acreuen, from Old French acreu, past participle of acroistre, to increase, add, from Latin accrēscere, to grow : ad-, ad- + crēscere, to arise; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)