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English definition of “accretion”


noun [C or U]
/əˈkriːʃən/ formal
a gradual increase in the amount, level, or value of something: accretion of sth All that matters is the quiet accretion of wealth and the dedicated pursuit of commerce.
(Definition of accretion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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