Accrue



to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money.
Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.
Contemporary Examples

Makes your kids want to do their chores, by allowing them to purchase prizes with the points they accrue.
The 15 Hottest New Apps at Dublin’s Web Summit Tom Sykes October 30, 2013

Democratic politics are the accumulation of a great many small decisions and actions that will accrue to what seems a big picture.
Buckley, Birchers, Tea and the Fringe Justin Green December 4, 2012

I calculate that it would take until 2031 before deferred retirement benefits would exceed the total I could accrue by filing now.
Ask the Blogger: How Long Do I Wait Before Collecting Social Security? Megan McArdle October 28, 2012

You have to accrue power, use it in ethical ways, and hope that voters reward you for doing this.
Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy David Freedlander November 4, 2013

Makes your kids want to do their chores by allowing them to purchase prizes with the points they accrue.
The 15 Hottest New Apps at Dublin’s Web Summit Tom Sykes October 30, 2013

Historical Examples

No possible danger can accrue to the Government by restoring them to eligibility to hold office.
A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant James D. Richardson

But the strength of seeds and their shape is such that no harm is likely to accrue.
The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot

Under these circumstances, was it perfectly certain that no danger could accrue?
Off on a Comet Jules Verne

She had had no remembrance of any possible inheritance which might accrue to her by this sudden death.
Folle-Farine Ouida

Deeply as every friend to the Royal Society must regret such an occurrence, one slight advantage may accrue.
Decline of Science in England Charles Babbage

verb (intransitive) -crues, -cruing, -crued
to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest
(often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)
(law) (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced
v.

mid-15c., from Old French acreue “growth, increase, what has grown,” fem. of acreu, past participle of acreistre (Modern French accroître) “to increase,” from Latin accrescere (see accretion). Related: Accrued; accruing. Apparently a verb from a French noun because there is no English verb to go with it until much later, unless the record is defective.

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