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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kroo]
    • /əˈkru/
    • /əˈkruː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kroo]
    • /əˈkru/

Definitions of accrue word

  • verb accrue If money or interest accrues or if you accrue it, it gradually increases in amount over a period of time. 3
  • verb accrue If things such as profits or benefits accrue to someone, they are added to over a period of time. 3
  • verb accrue to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest 3
  • verb accrue to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for) 3
  • verb accrue (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced 3
  • intransitive verb accrue to come as a natural growth, advantage, or right (to) 3

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Origin of accrue

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English acruen, acrewen, probably < Anglo-French accru(e), Middle French accreu(e), past participle of ac(c)reistre to increase < Latin accrēscere grow. See ac-, crew1, accretion

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Parts of speech for Accrue


accrue 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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for accrue

verb accrue

  • accumulate — When you accumulate things or when they accumulate, they collect or are gathered over a period of time.
  • amass — If you amass something such as money or information, you gradually get a lot of it.
  • gather — to bring together into one group, collection, or place: to gather firewood; to gather the troops.
  • flow — to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

Antonyms for accrue

verb accrue

  • disperse — to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
  • scatter — to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • lessen — to become less.
  • dissipate — to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.

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