accrue /əˈkruː/


I. verb [no obj.]

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
(as adj. accrued)
the accrued interest.
2. [with obj.] accumulate or receive (payments or benefits) over time

they accrue entitlements to holiday pay.
3. [with obj.] 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.
II. derivatives

accrual /əˈkruːəl /

– origin late Middle English: from Old French acreue, past participle of acreistre ‘increase’, from Latin accrescere ‘become larger’ (see accrete).

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