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Definition grow by addition - especially money over time

More rarely, "accrue" can also mean to "come into the possession of"
  • Money in the bank account accrues interest.
  • The house accrued to the oldest son.
  • Benefits accrue from the employee's first day on payroll.
  • Little by little a force had accrued, as secret and silent as interest in a bank account.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I have a few years of leave accrued.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • What I want is, that you should write to your sisters and tell them of the fortune that has accrued to them.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • For the most part, their armor protected them from cuts, but it did not protect them from lumps and bruises, of which they accrued many.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • His accent was faintly British, the years in America having softened it, but without accruing any jarring American inflections.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You needed your luck, and whatever benefits accrued to the diligent, through sheer, grinding hard work.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Vacations don't accrue until the second year.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The nation is lulled by the temporary prosperity which accrues to it, until it is roused to a sense of its own misery.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It went on and on, finally stating that if he died she was to receive "all proceeds" accruing to the company, "both gross and net."
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • And if there's no ingress or egress—no valve through which may be vented the various pressures that accrue naturally in a closed temporal system—"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • If you accrued 100,000 points, you got a shotgun.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • What earthly benefit can accrue from such a crime-even in the most diseased imagination?
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He walked to the top of a rise and crouched and watched the day accrue.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • It's been accruing while you've been away.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Only when we began to make cautious overtures to each other did any of the system's mystique accrue to us.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But above all other benefits accruing, I had learned something.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Then there were other benefits accruing to Marija from this friendship—benefits of a more substantial nature.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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