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English definition of “accrue”


verb     /əˈkruː/ formal
[I] to increase in amount over a period of time : Interest accruing at 18% or more a year can quickly drain your future purchasing power .
[T] to allow something to increase in amount over a period of time : By the time they leave , they'll have accrued a year's holiday pay . She has accrued $80,000 of student debt in her educational pursuit .
[I] if a payment or an advantage accrues to you, you receive it or have the right to receive it: accrue to sb Building societies are mutually owned , and benefits accrue to members rather than shareholders . The school district is being criticized for allowing $74 million in vacation pay to accrue to school administrators and other nonteachers.
(Definition of accrue verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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