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Definition of "accrete" []

  • To make larger or greater, as by increased growth. (verb-transitive)
  • To grow together; fuse. (verb-intransitive)
  • To grow or increase gradually, as by addition. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "accrete" in a sentence
  • "And over the course of seven seasons, they accrete into interesting people as their backstories and personalities develop."
  • "If you buy them at a discount, you will be able to accrete the negative good will and get an immediate positive response in earnings."
  • "Soil, trees and fauna accrete to the zaratan, the monstrous whalelike creatures, which are being poachedfor bones and skin, killing off a whole ecosystem."