- First attested in mid 15th century.
- From Middle English acrewen, borrowed from Old French acreüe, past participle of accreistre (“to increase”), from Latin accrēsco (“increase”), from ad (“in addition”) + crēscō (“to grow”).
- Compare accretion, accresce, accrete, crew, crescent.
- (intransitive) To increase, to augment; to come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent.
- (intransitive, accounting) To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.
- The monthly financial statements show all the actual but only some of the accrued expenses.
- (transitive) to accumulate
- He has accrued nine sick days.
- (intransitive, law) To become an enforceable and permanent right.
to be incurred as a result of the passage of time
accrue (plural accrues)
- “accrue” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.