Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment.
  • intransitive verb To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth.
  • intransitive verb To come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable.
  • intransitive verb To accumulate over time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An accession; addition; reinforcement.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Something that accrues; advantage accruing.
  • intransitive verb To increase; to augment.
  • intransitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive 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.
  • verb intransitive, accounting To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.
  • verb intransitive, law To become an enforceable and permanent right.
  • noun obsolete Something that accrues; advantage accruing

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

  • verb come into the possession of
  • verb grow by addition

Etymologies

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- 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.

    Whitman, "Starting from Paumanok"

    January 9, 2008