Definition of accrue verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    accrue

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈkruː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkruː//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accrue
    BrE BrE//əˈkruː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkruː//
     
    he / she / it accrues
    BrE BrE//əˈkruːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkruːz//
     
    past simple accrued
    BrE BrE//əˈkruːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkruːd//
     
    past participle accrued
    BrE BrE//əˈkruːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkruːd//
     
    -ing form accruing
    BrE BrE//əˈkruːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkruːɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to increase over a period of time Interest will accrue if you keep your money in a savings account. accrue (to somebody) (from something) economic benefits accruing to the country from tourism
  2. 2[transitive] accrue something to allow a sum of money or debts to grow over a period of time synonym accumulate The firm had accrued debts of over $6m.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French acreue, past participle of acreistre ‘increase’, from Latin accrescere ‘become larger’, from ad- ‘to’ + crescere ‘grow’.Extra examples There are economic benefits accruing to the country from tourism. The firm had accrued debts of over $6m. The money was placed in a special account to accrue interest.
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