Definition of accrue in English:



  • 1 (of sums of money or benefits) 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.’
    • ‘Benefit usually accrued to the state in which the training occurred.’
    • ‘There is a commitment to set up a National Transformation Fund if significant once-off revenues accrue from the sale of state assets.’
    • ‘Within this top 1%, the largest wealth gains accrued to people with household net worth over $50 million.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A further sum accrued to the canvasser's field manager.’
    • ‘Additional expenses also accrue from the testing of new units needed to complete the transfusion order.’
    • ‘As some coal producers fell by the wayside, more of the liability accrued to the remaining companies.’
    • ‘Whatever benefits have already accrued to you, you'll be allowed to keep.’
    • ‘Significant savings could accrue from reduced personnel costs, a sizable contributor to operating and support costs.’
    • ‘This article exempts dividends received or accrued to any taxpayer from income tax liability.’
    • ‘Every policy has a minimum guaranteed value made up of the sum assured plus the bonuses accrued to date.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further savings should accrue from debt refinancing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The report also noted the negative effect of the depleted cash resources on the interest income accrued to the fund.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Various tax benefits accrue from the operation of the company.’
    result, arise, follow, ensue, emanate, stem, spring, flow
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    1. 1.1[with object] Accumulate or receive (such payments or 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.’
      • ‘You are to continue with the responsibility of this asset, and we will accrue the benefits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was no requirement even to accrue other post-employment benefits, and no detailed disclosure requirements.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those who stay long enough to accrue retirement benefits stream back by the thousands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This hypothesis is in accord with rational choice theory, which suggests that criminals think rationally and strategically to accrue the benefits of their crime.’
      • ‘Cllr Pat Kilbane said the Committee faced a daunting task but he hoped some benefits would be accrued from their work.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Air Force has invited students to accrue the benefits from the career opportunities exhibition as a run up to the recruitment rally.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Too often the switching is not done in time and payments are missed, accruing considerable embarrassment and penalties.’
      • ‘Beyond all the emotions, there are tangible benefits that can be accrued.’
      • ‘Many applaud the new phosphorus standards as a best management practice that will accrue environmental benefits.’
      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.
      • ‘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).