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Definition of "accrue" []

  • To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment: interest accruing in my savings account. (verb-intransitive)
  • To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth: common sense that accrues with experience. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable. (verb-intransitive)
  • To accumulate over time: I have accrued 15 days of sick leave. (verb-transitive)

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 "accrue" in a sentence
  • "Many of our citizens have reason to believe that great good will accrue from the adoption of a bi-metallic standard."
  • "In spite of the slow start, Russia will undoubtedly embrace the benefits which accrue from a successful small-business sector."
  • "The success in political terms through, for example, wider share ownership and the fairly immediate benefits for taxpayers overall by virtue of progressively lower tax rates, accrue from the fact of privatization."