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Accrue is sometimes a misspelling of accrued.

Accrue (to accumulate; grow by additions) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun accrue

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  1. [obsolete] Something that accrues; advantage accruing

Definition of the verb accrue

What does accrue mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: accrued | accruing | accrues

  1. grow by addition
    • example: The interest accrues
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): accept, accumulate, appropriate, borrow, cadge, collect, exact, grab, inherit, receive, recover, regain, retrieve, seize, select, snatch.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: increase = become bigger or greater in amount
    • more specific word: redound = contribute
  2. come into the possession of
    • example: The house accrued to the oldest son
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of accrue: fall
    • more generic terms: change hands / change owners = be transferred to another owner

Alternative definition of the verb accrue


  1. 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.
  2. [accounting] To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for accrue

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Google previewThe State Department Reports of the State of New York (1918)

by New York (State), Joseph Albert Lawson, William Van Rensselaer Erving, Joseph H. Wilson

accrue is the destruction of the automobile and its abandonment.

Google previewThe Modern Firm, Corporate Governance and Investment (2009)

by Per-Olof Bjuggren, Dennis C. Mueller

The central problem of economic organization to which transaction cost consequences accrue is that of adaptation, of which two kinds are distinguished: autonomous adaptations (Hayek, 1945) and coordinated adaptations (Barnard, 1938) ...

Google previewPhilologia Anglicana: or, a Philological and synonymical dictionary of the English language; in which the words are deduced from their originals-their sense defined-and the same illustrated and supported by proper examples and notes, critical and explanatory. [“A-Adornment” only.] (1806)

by Benjamin DAWSON (Rector of Burgh, Suffolk.)

It is therefore in the oeconomy of the mind, as in that of the body; more good will accrue to mankind by attending to the large, open, and perceptible parts, than by studying too much such finer nerves and vessels as will for ever escape our ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

accrue /uh-kroo/ v. (accrues, accruing, accrued) 1 ( of money) be received in regular or increasing amounts. 2 collect or receive payments or benefits. accrual n. – origin Old French acreistre 'increase'. accumulate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of E-Collaboration (2007)

by Kock, Ned

Benefits and Effort Information givers demand reciprocity or Benefits to accrue in return for giving. Benefits accrue from an overall perception that involvement will provide individual gain. High Utility value information is a benefit but, in addition, ...

Google previewThe Entrepreneur's Dictionary of Business and Financial Terms (2013)

by Khwaja Masoom

Accrue: To report a revenue or expense that has occurred, but has not yet been en- tered in the accounting records as of the...

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Scrabble value of A1C3C3R1U1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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