accrete /əˈkriːt/


I. verb [no obj.]

1. grow by accumulation or coalescence

ice that had accreted grotesquely into stalactites.
2. [with obj.] form (a composite whole) by gradual accumulation

the collection of art he had accreted was to be sold.
[Astronomy] (with reference to matter or a body) come or bring together under the influence of gravitation.

[no obj.]

the gas will cool and then accrete to the galaxy’s core.
– origin late 18th cent.: from Latin accret- ‘grown’, from the verb accrescere, from ad- ‘to’ + crescere ‘grow’.

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