accrete

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from accretion.

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accrete ‎(third-person singular simple present accretes, present participle accreting, simple past and past participle accreted)

  1. (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]”[1], 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.
  2. (intransitive) To adhere; to grow or to be added to gradually.
  3. (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.

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Adjective[edit]

accrete ‎(not comparable)

  1. Characterized by accretion; made up; as, accrete matter.
  2. (botany) Grown together
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Participle[edit]

accrēte

  1. vocative masculine singular of accrētus