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

  • n. Something that accrues; advantage accruing.
  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. An accession; addition; reinforcement.
  • n. A loop or stitch forming an extra mesh in network.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come into the possession of
  • v. grow by addition


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.


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  • Carrying what has accrued to it (the body) from the moment of birth to the moment of death.

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