Definition of accrue in English:



  • 1 (of a benefit or sum of money) be received by someone in regular or increasing amounts over time:

    ‘financial benefits will accrue from restructuring’
    ‘the accrued interest’
    • ‘The only direct reward of sharing for the man would be his own emotional satisfaction derived from the benefits accrued to his young.’
    • ‘Every policy has a minimum guaranteed value made up of the sum assured plus the bonuses accrued to date.’
    • ‘Benefit usually accrued to the state in which the training occurred.’
    • ‘Further savings should accrue from debt refinancing.’
    • ‘There is a commitment to set up a National Transformation Fund if significant once-off revenues accrue from the sale of state assets.’
    • ‘This article exempts dividends received or accrued to any taxpayer from income tax liability.’
    • ‘But focus on economic fundamentals alone, and it's easy to see that this recovery finally has legs, thanks in large part to a more even split between income gains accruing to businesses and money going to households.’
    • ‘Various tax benefits accrue from the operation of the company.’
    • ‘The benefits accrued to the State Legislative Office were mostly associated with the intern's contribution to the general functioning of the office.’
    • ‘These savings accrue from improved productivity and safety performance, as well as reduced turnover.’
    • ‘I wonder what short-term and long-term economic benefits would accrue from shutting down Rome on the Potomac for an extended period: say, 30 days.’
    • ‘As some coal producers fell by the wayside, more of the liability accrued to the remaining companies.’
    • ‘Significant savings could accrue from reduced personnel costs, a sizable contributor to operating and support costs.’
    • ‘Whatever benefits have already accrued to you, you'll be allowed to keep.’
    • ‘A further sum accrued to the canvasser's field manager.’
    • ‘The report also noted the negative effect of the depleted cash resources on the interest income accrued to the fund.’
    • ‘Additional expenses also accrue from the testing of new units needed to complete the transfusion order.’
    • ‘More intangible benefits accrue from the learning process and are missed or under-appreciated by the Air Force; they are often missed even by the graduating student.’
    • ‘Within this top 1%, the largest wealth gains accrued to people with household net worth over $50 million.’
    • ‘Financial appraisals carried out by hospital CEOs suggested that the additional costs would be recovered in year one, and that savings would accrue from that time on.’
    result, arise, follow, ensue, emanate, stem, spring, flow
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    1. 1.1[with object] Accumulate or receive (payments or benefits) over time:
      ‘they accrue entitlements to holiday pay’
      • ‘Cllr Pat Kilbane said the Committee faced a daunting task but he hoped some benefits would be accrued from their work.’
      • ‘The Group should also begin to accrue the full benefits from the refinancing in 2005.’
      • ‘The rate at which directors can accrue benefits is also more generous than the schemes they offer to their staff.’
      • ‘Bearing this in mind, you could accrue considerable benefits if you design a tailored incentive scheme for each salesperson - particularly given the small number of staff employed in your case.’
      • ‘Harlequin Ducks that pair early with a known mate may accrue similar benefits.’
      • ‘Based on an erroneous suggestion that ADF members are somehow accruing an unfair benefit, the department has opted to actively discourage them from seeking civilian jobs in Defence altogether.’
      • ‘The Protestant Reformers defined the Roman doctrine of Works as a form of barter system, whereby believers could accrue spiritual benefits for themselves and salvation through their performance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was no requirement even to accrue other post-employment benefits, and no detailed disclosure requirements.’
      • ‘Many applaud the new phosphorus standards as a best management practice that will accrue environmental benefits.’
      • ‘You are to continue with the responsibility of this asset, and we will accrue the benefits.’
      • ‘The actuary also determines the contribution needed to maintain the fund at this level bearing in mind that the members continuously accrue additional benefits.’
      • ‘Beyond all the emotions, there are tangible benefits that can be accrued.’
      • ‘He said the UDM's ostensible affinity to traditional leadership failed to accrue any benefits to the party this time, as it did in the 1999 general election.’
      • ‘Players become vested in the pension plan from day one and begin to accrue pension benefits after they're on a club roster for 43 days.’
      • ‘Undeniably, program managers should take the first step to accrue direct benefits to their programs.’
      • ‘Too often the switching is not done in time and payments are missed, accruing considerable embarrassment and penalties.’
      • ‘This hypothesis is in accord with rational choice theory, which suggests that criminals think rationally and strategically to accrue the benefits of their crime.’
      • ‘Well apart from being a bit of fun, does having a fantasy league attached to your competition accrue any benefits to netball and to the national league?’
      accumulate, collect, gather, build up, mount up, amass, grow, increase, augment, be added
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    2. 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:
      ‘at 31 December the amount due for the final quarter is accrued’
      • ‘A debt can be garnished by a judgment creditor if it is accrued and payable at the time the order nisi is made.’
      • ‘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.’


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