To accrue is to accumulate or to keep growing in value or size. If you can accrue enough extra credit to build up your grade, you won't have to take the final exam.

Early forms of the word accrue were used as early as the 15th century with the meaning "to increase" or "to grow." Many modern uses for accrue involve money or finances, as when you accrue, or earn, interest on a bank account. You can accrue debt too, as interest grows on top of money owed until you pay it back. It's possible to accrue benefits over the time you work somewhere, or you can accrue demerits while you're misbehaving somewhere.

Definitions of accrue

v grow by addition

“The interest accrues
Type of:
become bigger or greater in amount

v come into the possession of

“The house accrued to the oldest son”
devolve, fall, pass, return
be inherited by
fall, light
fall to somebody by assignment or lot
Type of:
change hands, change owners
be transferred to another owner

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.