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- (intransitive) To grow together, combine; to fuse.
- Astronomers believe the Earth began to accrete more than 4.6 billion billion years ago.
2014 September 7, Natalie Angier, “The Moon comes around again [print version: Revisiting a moon that still has secrets to reveal: Supermoon revives interest in its violent origins and hidden face, International New York Times, 10 September 2014, p. 8]”, The New York Times:
- According to the reigning hypothesis, about 4.5 billion years ago, shortly after Earth had accreted down into a sphere from its little slub of circumsolar material, another newborn planet [Theia], still shaky on its feet, slammed obliquely into Earth with terrifying force.
- (intransitive) To adhere; to grow or to be added to gradually.
- (transitive) To make adhere; to add; to make larger or more, as by growing.
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- (to fuse): Used with the word to.
To adhere; to grow (to); to be added.
To make adhere; to add.
accrete (not comparable)
- Characterized by accretion; made up; as, accrete matter.
- (botany) Grown together
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- accrete at OneLook Dictionary Search
- accrete in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913