Definition of accrue in English:


Syllabification: ac·crue
Pronunciation: /əˈkro͞o

verb (accrues, accruing, accrued)

[no object]
  • 1(Of sums of money or benefits) be received by someone in regular or increasing amounts over time: financial benefits will accrue from restructuring (as adjective accrued) the accrued interest
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    • The report also noted the negative effect of the depleted cash resources on the interest income accrued to the fund.
    • Further savings should accrue from debt refinancing.
    • Within this top 1%, the largest wealth gains accrued to people with household net worth over $50 million.
    result from, arise from, follow from, ensue from; be caused by, attend
  • 1.1 [with object] Accumulate or receive (such payments or benefits).
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    • The Air Force has invited students to accrue the benefits from the career opportunities exhibition as a run up to the recruitment rally.
    • Those who stay long enough to accrue retirement benefits stream back by the thousands.
    • The rate at which directors can accrue benefits is also more generous than the schemes they offer to their staff.
    accumulate, collect, build up, mount up, grow, increase
  • 1.2 [with object] Make provision for (a charge) at the end of a financial period for work that has been done but not yet invoiced.
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    • Just an example: prior to 2002 the entities had to accrue provisions for bad debts depending on the maturity of the receivables and calculated as a fixed percentage of the debt.
    • A debt can be garnished by a judgment creditor if it is accrued and payable at the time the order nisi is made.



Pronunciation: /əˈkro͞oəl/
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  • On March 31, 2004, the firm had a bank overdraft of more than €303,000 and trade creditors and accruals totalling €362,236.
  • The difference between his figure and the published figures in the Pentagon budget ‘is primarily due to accruals for military health benefits legislated in 2000’.
  • Compensation of employees is the sum of wage and salary accruals, employer contributions for government social insurance, and other labor income.


late Middle English: from Old French acreue, past participle of acreistre 'increase', from Latin accrescere 'become larger' (see accrete).

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