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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kree-shuh n]
    • /əˈkri ʃən/
    • /əˈkriː.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kree-shuh n]
    • /əˈkri ʃən/

Definitions of accretion word

  • countable noun accretion An accretion is an addition to something, usually one that has been added over a period of time. 3
  • uncountable noun accretion Accretion is the process of new layers or parts being added to something so that it increases in size. 3
  • noun accretion any gradual increase in size, as through growth or external addition 3
  • noun accretion something added, esp extraneously, to cause growth or an increase in size 3
  • noun accretion the growing together of normally separate plant or animal parts 3
  • noun accretion abnormal union or growing together of parts; adhesion 3

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Origin of accretion

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; < Latin accrētiōn- (stem of accrētiō), equivalent to accrēt(us), past participle of accrēscere to grow (ac- ac- + crē- grow + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Accretion


accretion popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for accretion

noun accretion

  • accumulation — An accumulation of something is a large number of things which have been collected together or acquired over a period of time.
  • raise — to move to a higher position; lift up; elevate: to raise one's hand; sleepy birds raising their heads and looking about.
  • rise — to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
  • accession — Accession is the act of taking up a position as the ruler of a country.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

Antonyms for accretion

noun accretion

  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.
  • shrinkage — the act or fact of shrinking.
  • drop — a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.
  • decline — If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.

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