First attested in mid 15th century. From Middle English acrewen, borrowed from Old French acreüe, past participle of accreistre (“to increase”), from Latin accrēsco (“increase”), from ad (“in addition”) + crēscō (“to grow”).
- (intransitive) To increase, to rise
- (intransitive) To reach or come to by way of increase; to arise or spring up because of growth or result, especially as the produce of money lent.
- (intransitive, accounting) To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.
- The monthly financial statements show all the actual but only some of the accrued expenses.
- (transitive) To accumulate.
- He has accrued nine sick days.
- 1709, John Dryden, "Lucretius: A Poem against the Fear of Death" (lines 26-29), published in a pamphlet of the same name with an Ode in Memory of Mrs. Ann Killebrew:
- We, who are dead and gone, shall bear no Part,
- In all the Pleasures, no shall we feel the smart,
- Which to that other Mortal shall accrew,
- Whom of our Matter Time shall mould anew.
- (intransitive, law) To become an enforceable and permanent right.
accrue (plural accrues)
- “accrue”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “accrue”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
accrue f (plural accrues)
- dry land created by draining
accrue f sg